Mild It Up for Saskatoon Meals Financial institution this vacation season

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The holiday season is here again, and the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre (SFBLC) is kicking off their fundraising campaign by asking the people of Saskatoon to Light It Up.

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For nearly 40 years, the organization has been committed to ensuring a food secure community where all people have access to safe, affordable and nutritious food. Increases in food prices, changes in income support programs and the lingering impacts of COVID-19 highlight the harsh realities of poverty and hunger.

The impact of the SFBLC is undeniable and is growing as everyday folks are forced to do more with less. The urgent demands of addressing poverty and hunger are never lost on the staff at the SFBLC, as nearly one in four children in Saskatchewan is experiencing poverty. This number is especially worrisome with more than 20,000 people per month receiving support through Emergency Food Hampers becoming the norm in recent months.

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The SFBLC also operates several programs designed to impact the lives of people they serve. Located at 202 Avenue C South, this community-based organization is a dynamic community hub operating at full capacity. Providing an inviting and comfortable atmosphere for all who enter, the organization offers several programs including cooking classes, a seasonal no-cost income tax preparation, a volunteer program, a vibrant urban agriculture initiative and literacy and work experience programming, known as Creating Opportunities Strategy.

Laurie O’Connor, executive director of the SFBLC shared her hopes for this holiday season saying, “We encourage the community to spread holiday joy this season. We feel folks have not had the opportunity to celebrate the holiday season as they normally would have the last couple of years due to the pandemic. We hope this campaign will remind the community to Light It Up and have a little fun this season. Let’s share positivity this holiday season and encourage the community to help others as well.”

Right now, continued support is critical as the food bank enters its major fundraising season with their holiday campaign Light It Up that will run until Dec. 31.

To donate today, visit their website saskatoonfoodbank.org/ or call 306-664-6565.

This story was provided by Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre for commercial purposes.

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