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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Volunteer shortage hampers Pincher Creek Food Bank

Toni Lucas

Pincher Creek Food Bank Coordinator Susan Kuftinoff is facing a volunteer shortage that is affecting the ability of the food bank to get get hampers to the people that need them.  She is looking for people who can donate their time on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays.

"I have a lot of volunteers," Kuftinoff explained.  "The problem is that I need ones that can commit to three hours a week or more."   The volunteers she currently has will drop in and help but cannot commit to a consistent timetable making it difficult for training, planning and consistency.  A retired couple were helping out by donating a total of 12 man hours every week on a consistent basis.

Due to health issues that couple will no longer be able to help.  Some of the other volunteers are facing other time commitments and will not be able to give the hours that they once did, cutting the amount of trained work done in the course of the week even further.  

"We have already had to cut our hours, we are only open for hampers from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays."  With less volunteers, Kuftinoff is busy trying to get all the tasks done.  "I am so busy, and there's a lot going on."  There is a lot of preparation work to getting the hampers made, and keeping the entire system rolling.  She is concerned about the program, and the people that rely on it.  "I can't get to a lot of the work I am doing."

If you are interested in donating time to the food bank contact Susan Kuftinoff  at 403-627-4265.

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