Local church raises thousands of pounds of food for Food Bank

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Over the past weekend the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints in Fort Saskatchewan collected food donations from around the City during their annual food drive.

“We collected 16,462 pounds of food and to put that in context that’s the highest amount that we’ve ever managed to collect for the food bank in our annual drives,” said Spencer Ord, an organizer of the drive with the Church of the Latter-day Saints. “It was amazing to me to see the consistency of people doing something that might seem small for each individual, but when people all do a little bit it adds up to a significant amount.”

All proceeds were donated to the Fort Saskatchewan Food Bank. With the donations raised over the weekend the Fort Saskatchewan Food Bank said that they should be stocked with reserves all the way through until spring.

The Church of the Latter-Day Saints has been organizing their food drive annually for seven years in Fort Saskatchewan. The Church also hosts similar food drives all across Alberta.


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The drive was made possible thanks to the generous donations of the residents of Fort Saskatchewan along with the tireless efforts of the volunteers involved. This year’s food drive had over 100 volunteers working throughout the week.

“All the volunteer labour was simply families and households within our congregation that are out there putting in their time.”

The volunteers began their drive on Oct. 13 delivering bags and posting signs throughout Fort Saskatchewan advertising the drive. Cathy Ord then organized the City into 50 sections and assigned family cohorts to a pick-up route. All volunteers followed Alberta Health mandated Covid-19 protocols in order to ensure the safety of the event.

“The City was a huge help putting this together. They were very prompt and cooperative in granting us the permits to put that advertising into place so that people were made aware.”

The Church went above and beyond organizing the food drive and the residents of Fort Saskatchewan stepped up to the plate with their donations.

“There were a number of donors who were generous beyond the single yellow bag,” said Ord. “There were a number of donations that there was a flat of cans or something extra and that was really great. This was a record setting year. A tremendous thank you to everybody in Fort Saskatchewan for coming together and helping the Food Bank.”

When asked what motivated the Church to organize such a selfless donation drive, Spencer Ord told The Record it was all about service.

“Service is one way that we show our love for our neighbour and its’s one way that we show our love for God. So this is a very simple act of service that we were able to do with the community and it’s just one way that we manifest our beliefs in the importance of serving our families, our neighbours and our communities.”

The Church is looking forward to continuing this tradition in years to come.