Wood Buffalo Food Bank re-opens after Fort McMurray wildfire

FILE: Workers at Fort McMurray's Wood Buffalo Food Bank stock food hampers.
FILE: Workers at Fort McMurray's Wood Buffalo Food Bank stock food hampers. Mike Gill/Global News

The Wood Buffalo Food Bank announced it will reopen Saturday June 11 from noon until 7 p.m. after cleaning up the destruction left by the wildfires in Fort McMurray.

“After weeks of hard work, cleaning, sanitizing, painting, disposing of 53,257 possibly contaminated food items, washing 20 pallets of cans, restocking shelves and passing inspections, the Wood Buffalo Food Bank (WBFB) is finally able to open its doors,” the group said in a statement Thursday.

Watch below: Global’s ongoing coverage of the fallout from the Fort McMurray wildfires

The WBFB is located at 10117 King St. and will be open daily 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. until June 24, then Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The food bank advises people who need food to line up at the green intake tent in the parking lot, fill out a form with staff—which requires your Red Cross number—and then you’ll receive a weekly hamper.

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Instead of the appointment-based monthly system, the bank said services will be this line-up based, weekly format until Sept. 1. Following that, the group will make assessments on a case-by-case basis.

For more information, visit the food bank’s site at

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