With the Thanksgiving long weekend approaching, the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre is hoping to re-stock its shelves after a slow summer.
“We definitely see donations start to pick up around this time of year when people are looking at what they’re thankful for,” executive director Laurie O’Connor told 650 CKOM.
Nutritious and easy-to-prepare food tops the food bank’s list of most-needed items.
“Any kind of canned meat or canned beans are great,” O’Connor said.
Pasta sauce, whole grain pasta and cereals are on the list too.
“We’re struggling right now with nutrition for babies,” she said. “The need here for formula and baby food and baby cereal is great.”
There are no plans to make up special Thanksgiving hampers for people that use the food bank, but if inventory allows, there will be more fresh food.
O’Connor also encouraged people to volunteer if they can.
“It’s good to have folks here, all hands on deck, to do the work,” she said.
According to O’Connor, volunteers often become ambassadors of the food bank in the community.