The Wood Buffalo Food Bank is receiving $30,000 from the Elks of Canada.
They are one of the largest, all-Canadian, fraternal organizations developed in Canada, however this donation is just coming from lodges from Alberta.
The idea originally coming from their lodge in Brooks, Alberta with other lodges across the province joining in after the startup.
“We didn’t want to just throw it into a bucket where a lot of the other funds were going to and after doing some research we realized that the Food Bank is one of the ones that’s always going to need money and always gonna need funds,” said Duane Felt, Chairman of the Alberta Elks foundation.
Felt took a one day trip from Vulcan to fly up to Fort McMurray where he personally gave the cheque to the Food Bank.
“Most of the lodges in Alberta started kicking in funds so it kinds stemmed from that so today was a wind up of our fundraising, so I came up and gave them a cheque,” said Felt.
In the first two months back from re-entry the Food Bank went through as many hampers as they did in 2015.
Right now they are giving out 150 hampers a day five days a week with the average hamper weighing a 160 pounds.
In total, 150 hampers weighing 160 pounds means that they are sending out around 24,000 pounds of food which equals out to 12 tonnes.
The Food Bank is still asking for donations to help with the increasing numbers they’ve seen since re-entry.