As the need for service at the Wetaskiwin Salvation Army grows each year, the community-focused organization relies on the support of those who can manage food or cash donations, as well as a myriad of public events to help keep the shelves stocked.
“It has been a pretty steady growth. It has gotten a lot bigger,” said Matt Cristall, community ministries worker with the Wetaskiwin Salvation Army Food Bank, referring to the demands of the food bank.
“We just started getting all the food drives in … that’s helped a lot,” he added, in an interview with Pipestone Flyer on Nov. 30.
This year the CP Holiday Train rolled through the City of Wetaskiwin on Dec. 6. All the cash and food donations generously given at the event to the Wetaskiwin food bank for this holiday season will be kept in the community to help those needing a little extra support this year.
The CP Holiday Train event serves as the food bank’s largest donation initiative of the year, and Cristall says it is an important drive that works to address the low numbers food banks are challenged with.
CP Rail encourages donators to make healthy contributions to their local food banks in an ongoing effort to promote heart-healthy choices and combat heart disease.
“One thing people never really think to donate is canned fruit and canned veggies,” said Cristall.