2,000-plus meals hampers assembled to assist Saskatoon folks in want

Volunteers at the Saskatoon Food Bank have prepared over 2,000 food hampers for delivery to people in need during the holiday season.Saskatoon Food Bank executive director Laurie O’Connor. (Victoria Dinh/CBC)

This year the baskets included a chicken or ham, fresh bread, milk, soup, vegetables and fresh apples and oranges.

“Our Christmas baskets are meant to be sort of just a special meal as opposed to our regular food hampers which have two to three days worth of food in them,” Laurie O’Connor, executive director of the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre, explained Saturday.

Dozens of volunteers were eager to lend a hand with the assembly work.

“It just seems like a good thing to do at this time of the year,” volunteer Doug Friesen said. “I’m fortunate and blessed with a job that pays well and I’m able to feed my family. But I know there’s many others that don’t have that opportunity and I’d like to be able to do something to help them out.”

It’s Christmas hamper day at the @yxeFoodBank pic.twitter.com/FUuFxFmwyv

—@vicdinh

Helpers of all ages have volunteered their time to put together over 2,000 food baskets @yxeFoodBank #yxe pic.twitter.com/fLnHRI0nT4

—@vicdinh Volunteers assemble hampers at the Saskatoon Food Bank. (Victoria Dinh/CBC)

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