NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS
The Leduc & District Food Bank plans internal events and participates in externally organized events to receive donations. We collect donations at events hosted in the City of Leduc and throughout Leduc County. Our volunteers are often able to attend externally organized events to represent the Food Bank and help with event tasks.
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If you there is an event you would like to partner with us, please contact our Executive DIrector.
Coldwell Banker's Canada Day Food Drive
Contact Coldwell Banker Leduc for more information (780-986-4711)
Coldwell Banker Leduc will deliver a bag to your door prior to Canada Day. Your donation of non-perishable food would be greatly appreciated. Please leave the bag on your doorstep before 8 AM and Coldwell Banker staff and volunteers will pick it up. Or you can also drop it off on or before July 1st in person at the Coldwell Banker office (5919 - 50 Street, Leduc).
Fall Food Bank Round Up - 1st Monday of October
The format of the 2020 Fall Food Bank Round Up may look slightly different with the COVID-19 situation. We are looking for new opportunities for the community to support the Food Bank while respecting the guidelines set forth by the government and health officals.
Volunteers will be collecting donations for the Leduc & District Food Bank.
Non-perishable food items can be bagged and left on your doorstep labelled 'Food Bank'.
Check with your church or school for additional opportunities to donate during Food Bank Week.
Food and monetary donations may also be dropped off at the Food Bank between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM and 1-4 PM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Come out and volunteer! HELP ROUND IT UP!
Great fun for everyone! Youth Groups - Families - Businesses
Get a group together and challenge your friends and co-workers.
For more information, please contact The Leduc & District Food Bank at 780-986-5333 or by email.
The holiday train visits this community with hundreds of thousands of festive lights and a live show featuring well known performers every 2 years. It is the only fundraiser of its kind for food banks in Canada. Come out and enjoy this worthwhile family event.
In the Media
(Published by The Leduc Representative - By Lisa Berg)
The food bank was already facing challenges this year before the outbreak due to a struggling economy in the province. COVID-19 has added extra strain.“We know that we haven’t hit the crest yet, we know the demand is going to continue to rise and not everybody is going to fit into those provincial and federal [funding] programs, however a good portion of them should,” Reynar said.
“For a food bank, whenever a disaster or something like this happens, it’s a long haul for us. It is probably going to be a year or two for us before we recuperate the losses because we’re so far behind and we anticipate that. We anticipate our demand will be high for a while down the road.”Job loss and public health restrictions have created more of a need for food bank services while lowering donations.
Since COVID-19 they’ve had to change how they receive donations and refill stock in other ways. The food bank hasn’t been asking for food donations to keep people from going to the grocery stores more than they need to and are placing orders with stores more than usual.“We’re just like everybody else going to the grocery store. Every week I’m starting to ask a little bit from each store while still working with the manufacturers.”
Food bank volunteers are also taking precautions to keep themselves safe to be able to continue to provide the service. “All the doors are locked so there’s nobody allowed in the building. We have very little bodies in here and just our regular staff … we just can’t afford to get sick,” Reynar commented. Reynar said they’re hoping the $100 million in federal grant money for food organizations that was announced earlier in April will help and they’re thankful for monetary donations that come in.
Information about donating to the food bank can be found at canadahelps.ca.
July 2016 - Thank you for the donation of $8050, presented by Doug Malinski during the 2016 JV Driver Golf Tournament.
April 16, 2016 - MacEwan Greens present $10,000 to the Leduc & District Food Bank
at their open house and tour of their new building. They also collected 152 lbs of non-perishable food items for the food bank. A very big thank you to owners Ralph Friederichsen and Bob Tuli
of Ironwood Managements Ltd.
January 2016 - Sobey’s Beaumont Owner Brett Schilling (second from left) donated $20,087 to the Beaumont Nisku Christmas Elves volunteer coordinator Madeline Hubbard, Leduc County FCSS and New Sarepta Christmas Elves coordinator Lucille Erickson (right) and the Leduc & District Food Bank executive director Gert Reynar (third from right). The donation was collected at the tills over the Christmas season, and could not have been done without the help of Sobey’s staff and the generosity of the community, Schilling said.
A Canada Day tradition turns to help the Leduc and District Food Bank
Friday, June 28, 2013 10:48:46 MDT AM
Since 1996, Leduc residents and businesses have woken up on Canada Day with a small but extra reason to be a proud Canada.
Personal Donations of Food & Household Items Plus Club Cash Made to the Leduc & District Food Bank
At the May 23rd meeting, David Marriott, a Director of the Leduc Food Bank was on hand to receive personal donations of non-perishable food and household items (totalling 134 pounds) from Optimist members and a $250.00 cash amount from the Club.
2014 Charity Political Hockey Challenge
Library, 4Cats team up for food bank
OCTOBER 2, 2014
The Leduc Public Library and 4Cats Arts Studio are joining forces in early October on a creative way to fight hunger in Leduc and area.
To mark the Leduc and District Food Bank’s 30th anniversary, the library and art studio are inviting Leduc’s children to contribute to a collaborative collage designed to honour the food bank, teach lessons in thankfulness, and have a good time in the process.
To be completed at the library just before Thanksgiving, under the title “Thankful Hearts”, the collage will be an expression of thanks for all the work the food bank does for families in and around the city.
“Basically we’re creating a masterpiece of thankfulness on canvas,” said Emily Richard, the library’s youth programs coordinator.
“It’s going to be a bigger canvas that we’re painting, with a bunch of different words and thoughts of thankfulness to the food bank.”
From 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9, library staff will help children add their own contribution to the painted collage, using prompts and concepts based around Thanksgiving-related themes.
“It’s just a way for the kids to realize that this does happen, and there’s a need for it in the community and [the food bank] has been filling that need for a long time,” Richard said.
Participation is open to any child aged 8-12. Registration is available at the library or by calling 780-986-2637.
When it’s completed, the 2X3 collage will be donated to the food bank. The painting itself will be complemented by an ongoing food drive.
Though the library always accepts dropoffs for the food bank, they’re putting extra emphasis on collection this month, just before the holiday season ramps up.
“We’re really going to put a push on for food to come in from [Oct. 1-11], so hopefully we’ll be able to give them a nice chunk of food on the Thanksgiving weekend to help fill up their reserves.”