City of Wetaskiwin hosts barbecue to fill food bank shelves

Cash and food donations aid Salvation Army Food Bank

Seeing a need at the Wetaskiwin Salvation Army Food Bank, the City of Wetaskiwin jumped into action and hosted a stuff-a-bus barbecue to help gather more resources.

The charity barbecue took place Aug. 23 at City Hall, and raised 1,550 kilograms of food for the food bank and $550 in cash donations.

“We saw that the food bank was low. We though we could do something to help,” said Jennifer Fossen, manager of community development.

Fossen says every department with the City of Wetaskiwin came together to help plan the day.

Preparations started Aug. 18 and by Aug. 23 an entire barbecue, complete with bus and Wally, the city’s mascot, had sprung from a drive and a collective ideal to lend a helping hand to the instrumental community resource.

“As the city, (it’s) where can we help and where can we help quickly … We do have the resources to pull something together.” said Fossen.

“I would say it was a really good turnout for the short notice,” she added.

Even with the barbecue over, food bank collection bins will remain at City Hall and the Visitor Information Centre. Another charity barbecue for the food bank will be held during the city’s open house on Sept. 20.

amelia.naismith@pipestoneflyer.ca