Emma Bondt, 7, hands a cheque for $340 to manager Violet Smith in the food bank’s temporary location in Ponoka Plaza. The food bank is currently getting a upgrade with painting and new flooring and has remained open throughout the renovations. (File Photo)

Emma Bondt, 7, hands a cheque for $340 to manager Violet Smith in the food bank’s temporary location in Ponoka Plaza. The food bank is currently getting a upgrade with painting and new flooring and has remained open throughout the renovations. (File Photo)

Ponoka food bank doing well thanks to the community

“The community has been very generous to us. Our shelves are really full right now…”

By Sarah Baker

For Ponoka News

The Ponoka Food Bank is continuing to help those in need this year with the Covid-19 pandemic going on thanks to the generosity of members of the community.

The community has stayed strong during this time in supporting the food bank, said manager Violet Smith.

“The community has been very generous to us. Our shelves are really full right now and we are really blessed,” she said.

An example of the community’s generosity is when earlier this year Emma Bondt and her Mom baked and sold muffins raising $340 for the food bank.

“If people have something to give, they certainly do help,” said Smith.

With the Easter holiday approaching the food bank does not expect to get busier.

“We don’t get any busier during holiday time then we do throughout the year,” said Smith.

If people are thinking of donating for the holiday there are some items, the food bank doesn’t have.

“There’s not a lot of variety in meat, and during the holiday’s it’s nice to have a small chicken or a small ham,” said Smith.

The food bank also prefers to receive smaller items when it comes to meat, said Smith.

“Meat can’t be divided that easily, so we would prefer not receiving the great big items.”

Items typically in need at the food bank are canned soups, vegetables, meat, tuna, beans, crackers, cookies, cereals, coffee, jam and toilet paper.

To make a donation people can arrive half-an-hour before opening times or call 403-783-5910 to make an arrangement.