Every year students from Boissevain School hold a food drive for the Boissevain Food Pantry and earlier this week they collected boxes of non-perishable items.
Karen Fraser helps coordinate food pantry services and she’s thrilled with the support but adds it’s badly needed. ‘The Food pantry is open every second Wednesday and we help anywhere from 20 to 35 families every time we open the doors.”
“We hand out boxes of non-perishable food as well as bread and meat. The bread and desserts are donated by the Co-op Foodstore.”
Student government members and players from the high school baseball team went door to door on Tuesday collecting food donations. About 20 students took part in the food drive.
Karen Fraser says the number of people they help changes almost every Wednesday they’re open.
“In the last five or six months we’ve almost always had someone new come to the Food Pantry and we can help them out and everyone is so grateful for the help they’re getting,” said Fraser.
Boissevain students giving back to their community.
Inflationary costs remain high and that continues to impact food pantry numbers.
“I would say higher costs is a major contributor to the demand for food pantry services. We’re doing our best to use the dollars donated for food and so are the people who are coming. They’re trying their best and we’re happy to help out as best we can.”
Karen Fraser gives a huge thank-you to the community for its support and says their shelves are now filled which will help carry them over the next number of months.
The Boissevain School holds a food drive every May and at the end of October.