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Oilfields Food Bank: Firemen’s 2016 Community Food Drive

oilfields-food-bank-firemen-donationWhat a great success this was (as usual!)!  Our communities are known for their generosity and heart and we thank them.  We had many willing volunteers and every one was very much appreciated.

A heartfelt thank you to the Fire Departments from Longview, Black Diamond & Turner Valley.  Their assistants for these 2 evenings were the local Cubs & Scouts groups with their leaders.  They worked so hard to distribute & organize the many food offerings that were gathered.

Another big thank you goes to our regular hardworking volunteers who always help and offered a welcomed coffee, hot chocolate and snack break for the tired workers.  Two of our regular week-after-week volunteers, Marcus and Laura Burn, weighed all of the incoming food and heavy boxes – what would we do without you?

Last, but not least, Oilfields High School students came to lend a hand too and we thank them for their good works.

Christmas Hamper Pick-Up

Hampers for our clients will be distributed on Friday, December 16th from 10am to 3pm.

This will be a busy and joyous time for everyone.

Volunteers will be filling hampers for 2 days prior to the pick-up date but CLIENTS CANNOT PICK UP THEIR HAMPERS UNTIL DEC. 16TH.

If you are in need of a Christmas Hamper, or know someone who is, please have them contact us immediately @ 403-612-1291 to register.

If you are able to help get the hampers ready for distribution please call 403-612-1291 and let them know you’re available to lend a hand.

christmas-food-hampersFood Bank Useage Is up significantly

It’s a challenging time.  Once we get to the end of December we’ll include our 2016 statistics in our first e-news of the year.

So far in 2016 we have distributed 346 hampers which have fed 623 adults and 330 children.  One of the most telling statistics is that 65 of our clients are first-timers who have never used a Food Bank before.

Thank you for your continued generosity, it does so much to quietly support and lift up those around you.

merry-christmasWe wish a Merry Christmas to the folks who donate food, those who sort & distribute food items, & those who use the food bank because of necessity.

About the Oilfields Food Bank

The Oilfields Foor Bank serves Turner Valley, Black Diamond, Longview, Millarville, Priddis and the surrounding M.D. 

We provide 7-10 days of food supplies on an emergency basis to people in need.  Clients are asked to limit their use to not more than once a month & a maximum of 6 visits/year.  Our goal is to work cooperatively with everyone to ensure individual needs are being met.

If you, or someone you know, needs help they should bring the following information with them:

  • personal identification (such as a driver’s license)
  • proof of income
  • proof of housing costs
  • ID for dependent children
We would be very appreciative if folks could provide their own reusable grocery bags.
The food bank is located in the basement of the United Church in the Valley at 125 Royal Ave, Turner Valley. We are open Tuesdays from 1 to 3pm. Watch for donation boxes in the community. Cheques can be dropped off or mailed to the food bank (Box 1318, Turner Valley, AB, T0L 2A0; cheques made payable to Oilfields Food Bank).
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