May 11, 2014 10:34 pm

Weekend campaign collects food for those in need

A volunteer collects food on Sunday for the "Stuff the Bus" campaign.

Matt Myers / Global News

REGINA – The Regina Food Bank, the City of Regina and Safeway among other organizations, partnered for the “Stuff the Bus” campaign this weekend to raise food for those less fortunate.

“We have 10,000 requests for food coming in each month. Fifty percent of those are kids, 17 per cent are seniors – and that’s every single month of the year,” said Todd McCauley, Special Events and Marketing Manager for the Food Bank.

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City buses were parked in front of every Regina Safeway store for people to leave non-perishable food items inside. There was also an option for people to buy care packages filled with food, which cost $5 or $10 each.

The buses acted as delivery vehicles for the food.

“To be able to help feed those families, it’s such a good feeling inside knowing that there aren’t people going home hungry,” said Kim Varjassy, assistant manager of Safeway at Southland Mall.

The winter, especially during the holiday season, is a time when food is most needed, but the spring and summer seasons can are also important times for the Food Bank.

As a former Food Bank user, McCauley knows the issue well. He said that people are less inclined to donate during these warmer seasons.

“It is a time that we actually do struggle,” he said.

Dolores Christoph started volunteering for the Food Bank when she retired over a decade ago. She helped collect money and food on Sunday.

“It’s obvious that they’re in need of help and they appreciate the help,” said Christoph.

Near the end of the day, every seat on the first floor of the bus at her location had been filled.

“It feels really great, and we can tell the people feel great donating as well,” she said.


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