Annual food bank round-up drives community giving season

The Leduc Food Bank's Fall Food Round-up is nearing and continues to serve as the food bank's major mass contribution of the year.

The Leduc and District Food Bank’s Fall Food Round-up is nearing and continues to serve as the food bank’s major mass contribution of the year.

Executive director Gert Reynar says the round-up is what restocks the food bank’s shelves after the slow summer season. “We don’t get a lot of donations after Christmas.”

The round-up serves as a lead-off into the giving season, says Reynar. “It definitely helps kick start us.”

Each year the Fall Round-up brings in between 20,000 and 30,000 pounds of food. However, each month the food bank puts out 20,000 pounds of food in hampers.

Reynar says community reception toward the round-up is always strong and the real challenge surfaces in trying to find enough volunteers to canvas the city for door-to-door pickup.

The event takes hundreds of volunteers to orchestrate and Reynar says one large group that usually participates is not able to this year, putting an early strain on the round-up. Businesses, service clubs and anyone else wishing to volunteer is encouraged to phone 780-975-3974 or 780-986-5333 to sign up.

The Fall Round-up takes place on Oct. 5 and volunteers will be moving through the city for pickups from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Those not home at the time can leave bags at the front of their houses labeled Food Bank.

Reynar says the  Leduc and District Food Bank has hosted the Fall Round-up for the past 20 to 25 years and the organization itself has run for 31 years.