A growing need: Edmonton’s Food Bank launches 2019 Festive Campaign

A growing need: Edmonton’s Food Bank launches 2019 Festive Campaign

On a Tuesday morning, it’s a steady stream of people coming to Edmonton’s Food Bank; among those waiting is Stephanie van Beek, who says the time spent waiting has “given me a chance to focus less on the food stress or the financial stress, and give more option to focus on my actual education.”

“I’ve been coming to the food bank now for a few years,” the student explains.

On the day van Beek arrived, the agency launched its 2019 Festive Campaign, with a goal to raise 370,000 kilograms of food, plus $2 million in donations.

“It’s been a challenging year, numbers remain high,” says Marjorie Bencz, the food bank’s executive director.

Last month, 23,119 people were helped by the organization, a jump of more than 1,000 compared to October 2018.
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