Saskatoon Meals Financial institution is again with Christmas Hamper Day

The Saskatoon Food Bank held their annual Christmas Basket Day on Saturday to help those in need.

About 100 volunteers handed over items such as fresh oranges, apples and chicken.

“I think about how happy you will be and it just makes me so happy,” said Sierra Kimpton, who volunteers with her family every year. “I feel very warm inside.”

The event has been held every year for decades. Around 3,000 food baskets are expected to be distributed this year, with a focus on single people.

“Anyone with a steady income will have a hard time making ends meet in town unless they belong to a different group,” said Laurie O’Connor, general manager of the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Center.

The baskets contain fresher, less canned food than is often available.

“It’s just nice to have a special meal to offer people who need it,” said O’Connor.

For many volunteers, the event is about ushering in the holidays and giving something back.

With files from Albert Delitala.

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