By Sulz, Dave on March 25, 2020.
Loblaw stores across the country are pitching in to assist food banks as communities grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Starting Thursday, Loblaw stores, Real Canadian Superstore, Troy’s No Frills, Ken’s No Frills and Real Canadian Wholesale Club will conduct the Loblaw Companies National Food Drive which runs to April 12.
Food banks provide our neighbours in need with food essentials, and to help address the need for donations, local Loblaw stores are calling on members of the Lethbridge community to donate non-perishable food items and funds at checkout.
According to partner food banks, Interfaith Food Bank and Lethbridge Food Bank, an estimated 3,000 residents, nearly half of whom are children, rely on a food bank in any given month in Lethbridge and area.
“Hunger is a year round reality for far too many families,” Danielle McIntyre of Interfaith Food Bank said in a news release. “The Loblaw Companies National Food Drive helps us replenish our stock and fight hunger in our community. Adding just one item to the food donation bin or a few extra dollars to your grocery bill makes a big difference to local families in need.”
What should customers add to their shopping list? According to Maral Kiani Tari of Lethbridge Food Bank, the most needed non-perishable items include peanut butter, baby food, canned fruits and vegetables, canned fish or meat and beans. Other needed items include pasta and sauce, rice, whole grain cereals and other dry foods.
One hundred per cent of food donations and cash donations will go directly to local food banks. Loblaw grocery stores have a long history of supporting food banks in their local communities, and encourage citizens to contribute to the national food drive to benefit local and provincial food bank programs.
For information about Lethbridge Food Bank, call 403-320-1879 or visit www.
For information about Interfaith Food Bank, call 403-320-8779 or visit http://www.interfaithfoodbank.ca.