Saskatoon Meals Financial institution kicks off Starvation Consciousness Week with a bang
With a check for $ 10,000 from the Health Science Association of Saskatchewan (HSAS), this was a great start to Nationwide Hunger Awareness Week at the Saskatoon Food Bank.
“Of course, US $ 10,000 means a lot to us at any point in the year, but this month in particular, our numbers will increase a bit. People struggle with school supplies and things like that, so their budgets are getting tighter, ”said Laurie O’Connor, general manager of the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Center.
Even after this first major donation, there is still more work to be done to feed the 22,000 or so Saskatoon residents who depend on the healthy eating board every month.
“I am asking the public to take up the Hunger Awareness Week challenge and help us raise 25,000 pounds of food by the end of this month,” added O’Connor.
The best types of donations to help achieve this goal are anything filled with nutrients, like hearty soups, canned protein, pasta and sauces, and whole grains.
It’s easier than ever to donate. The Tafel is currently accepting donations both on its website and over the phone. If you do grocery shopping and feel inspired to help, you can also donate groceries by throwing them in the donation bins before leaving the store.
During Hunger Awareness Week, September 18-22, Saskatonians are also invited to tour the food bank facilities on Avenue C South to learn more about how the system works and who it helps one time. O’Connor said there will also be opportunities to volunteer.
Karen Wasylenko, president of HSAS, said the association’s donation was a way to address an issue that is well known to healthcare workers across the spectrum.
“When you don’t have access to good, nutritious food, all kinds of problems can arise, whether it’s diabetes or slowing development and growth. If you have children who are hungry, they will have a hard time in school, so all of these things are avoidable. “
Wasylenko said she hoped the HSAS donation inspires other organizations to rise to the challenge and make their own donations.