Food donations needed at Loaves and Fishes

  • Dec. 5, 2012 4:25 p.m.

Officials at a local soup kitchen are asking the public to donate food for upcoming meals for the less fortunate.

Halina Jarvis, executive director at Loaves and Fishes said even though normally the community steps up during the holiday season, food donations are still needed.

“We always have many volunteers in December. I think it’s because everyone is in the spirit of the season – everyone wants to give. But it would be really great to have those volunteers spread throughout the year so we aren’t scrambling the rest of the year,” she said. “We are still looking for people who are willing to donate food – meat for our suppers that are coming up or even sandwich meat like bologna for our school programs.”

There are also a number of families Loaves and Fishes is helping this Christmas season.

“This is important to us because we don’t want to see any children without presents on Christmas morning. We have had some people really step up to the plate and we just had some community members here stuffing about 200 stockings to give out. That kind of thing is so appreciated and a little really goes a long way.”

She also added Loaves and Fishes is looking for individuals or businesses to partner with throughout the year.

“We are willing to take whatever anyone can give us – even if it’s $5. We can use whatever donations we get.”

Jarvis added the money that is donated goes to a variety of needs including the purchase of food hampers to give to families in need, to putting a woman and her children fleeing from a domestic violence situation in a hotel for the night.

“There really is a variety of needs so whatever situation comes up, we are able to help.”

In the New Year, Jarvis added Loaves and Fishes will also be offering a number of courses.

“We are going to be offering a budgeting course. We need to allow folks the opportunity to become financially literate. Learning to budget is something every single one of us can benefit from, but to a single mom who is living on a very fixed income, it’s especially important to know where every penny is going,” said Jarvis.

Meanwhile, a number of Christmas dinners are slated to be held at Loaves and Fishes. Dinners will take place on Dec. 10, 12, 14, 17, 19 and 21st. A Christmas lunch will be held on Dec. 24th as well.

“We are tremendously grateful for all the support we receive throughout the year. It’s very vital to our operation and without the community’s support, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do.”

efawcett@reddeerexpress.com

Just Posted

Christmas Wish Breakfast helping those in need

Event takes place in Red Deer on Sunday

Details of Mr. Big sting operation discussed in Castor-area triple homicides

Klaus confesses to arranging murders, says Frank pulled the trigger

WATCH: Salvation Army kicks off Christmas Kettle Campaign

Mayor Tara Veer made the very first donation to the Salvation Army’s campaign

Red Deer Lights the Night set to kick off holiday season

Family-friendly events to take place in the City’s downtown on Saturday

Agri-Trade Equipment Expo organizers calling the event a success

Four day event brought in 33,381 guests and 470 exhibits

WATCH: Red Deer RCMP give back

United Way of Central Alberta hold inaugural McDonalds United Way Day

Bank of Canada cautious of future rate hikes

The Bank of Canada remains cautious on future rate hikes due to low- inflation risk

London theatre received allegations against Kevin Spacey

The theatre said Thursday the 20 allegations deal with incidents between 1995 and 2013.

Da Vinci’s Christ painting sells for record $450M

The painting, “Salvator Mundi,” Latin for “Savior of the World,” is one a few paintings by Leonardo known to exist

Loblaws closing 22 stores, launching home delivery ahead of ‘difficult year’

“We are excited about our future. But…we expect 2018 will be a difficult year,” said Galen G. Weston, Loblaw CEO.

Walk of Fame bash celebrates David Suzuki, Donovan Bailey, Anna Paquin

Suzuki says he’ll be thinking of his late parents as he accepts the honour

Trudeau to personally unveil Liberals’ peacekeeping plan

This marks Canada’s first tangible step back into peacekeeping

Blake Shelton named Sexiest Man Alive 2017

“I think to describe myself as a child, one word comes to mind. And that’s fat.”

UPDATE: Northern California gunman kills 4 in rampage

Kevin Neal used a semiautomatic rifle and two handguns to shoot 14 people, killing four

Most Read