Swim totally free with food bank contribution

By Schnarr, J.W. on November 18, 2017.

Local locals are invited for a swim while assisting to the city's vulnerable neighborhoods.

City pools in Lethbridge today are using a Food Bank Swim including totally free admission to the pool in return for a food bank donation-- either a non-perishable food product or a financial donation.

Getting involved websites include Stan Siwik, Fritz Sick and Nicholas Sheran pools.

Food banks are 100 percent neighborhood driven and get no government help for their collection efforts.

"This is our busiest time of year," said Danielle McIntyre, executive director of the Interfaith Food Bank. "So the assistance we are able to recruit at this time of year, when individuals are thinking of helping others will assist support households at Christmas time and assist us decide exactly what we are able to provide in the year to come."

This is since while contributions are high during the holiday season, they drop off dramatically throughout the months directly following that season.

"People ignore the food bank," stated McIntyre. "But we have individuals who have to consume each and every single day."

Through collaborations of Interfaith Food Bank, Lethbridge Food Bank and Redemption Army this Christmas, their annual Christmas Hope Project expects to serve 1,800 households with the products necessary for a merry Christmas.

Working together, the 3 local agencies will provide households with regular monthly food allocations and supplies required for Christmas meals, in addition to presents for children 17 and under.

IFB serves 750 households on a monthly basis, with help going to in between 1,700 and 1,900 people.

As there are two food banks operating in the city, those numbers can be doubled when evaluating need. This means nearly 4,000 people in the city-- about half of them kids-- are utilizing food bank services.

At Christmas, that require grows as low-income families battle under the included expectations of the season.

This year, McIntyre said they are anticipating to serve 1,800 homes.

"Every 2nd family we are serving has children," she stated. "That's why the toy component of our Christmas program is so crucial."

McIntyre said organisations and neighborhood companies are generally extremely valuable when it concerns protecting contributions. That assistance goes a long method to guarantee the requirements of susceptible populations are met.

The complimentary swim is simply one of a variety of events planned by local organizations to encourage contributions over the vacations.

"It takes a great deal of hands to make it all come together," McIntyre said. "So we are going to have heaps of community occasions like the public swim, where we're asking individuals to either contribute non-perishable food items, financial presents, or toys for the children for underneath the tree."

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