Sunday, October 30, 2016

Pincher Creek Rotary partnering with Junction Foodbank

Rotary volunteers unloading potatoes at The Junciton
Dick Burnham, Rotary Club of Pincher Creek - President Dan Crawford’s initiative for his year as President is for Rotary Club of Pincher Creek to become more involved in the community. He made inquiries with Junction Foodbank to learn of their needs and how Rotary could be of assistance to them.

Contact were made with the Okotoks and Lethbridge East Rotary Clubs to learn how they were involved with their local Foodbanks. Rotary Club of Pincher Creek Members made a road trip to Okotoks to learn more about the Okotoks Club involvement with their Foodbank and a member of the Lethbridge East Club made a presentation describing how they were assisting the Lethbridge Foodbank.

Since July 1st Rotary has been meeting at the Foodbank on the second Thursday of each month at noon assisting with packing hampers, moving supplies, stocking shelves and other duties as required.

A Rotary member arranged the donation of a freezer to the Foodbank, which Rotary members moved into the Foodbank space. We assisted the Summer Student in constructing garden boxes (those yellow boxes that are located around town), to grow vegetables for hampers. Rotary also arranged for a donation of soil for the boxes.

Proceeds of our July 1 Duck Race were designated for the Foodbank and have been used to purchase a refrigerator for the Foodbank.

On October 6th members of the Rotary Club of Pincher Creek travelled to Chin Alberta, where 5600 pounds of Potatoes were picked up from Perry Produce Ltd and transported to Pincher Creek for the Foodbank’s use. Rotary members bagged the potatoes.

To raise needed funds for the Foodbank Rotary are currently selling tickets for an opportunity to take part on November 18, 2016 in the “Rotary Hamper Scamper”.

Tickets are $20.00 and available from any Rotary member and our sponsor merchants and The Junction (the Pincher Creek and Area Food Bank).

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