RCMP plan to report food pile up

By Geoff Lee

April 26, 2017 3:45 PM

FOOD HAPPENS The Lloydminster RCMP is teaming up with the Lloydminster Fire Department, Lloydminster Security Services and Co-op Marketplace for the third annual Stuff the Cruiser event to restock the shelves at the Salvation Army Food Bank. The public challenge takes place May 6 from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. at Co-op. The Co-op is selling pre made bags at $10 and $20 to make it easy to donate. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Lloydminster RCMP are eager to report another food pile up at the Salvation Army Food Bank involving one of its own cruisers.
The police are heading the third annual Stuff the Cruiser event in partnership with the city’s fire department, security services and the Co-op Marketplace on May 6.
The stuffing will take place at the Co-op from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a goal to equal or surpass the 8,000 lbs of food collected last year.
To make it easy, the Co-op will have pre made bags of food for sale at $10 and $20 filled with items needed by the food bank.
“People can show up to the Co-op Marketplace; they can purchase bags if they’d like or they can purchase other food and they can stick it in the back seat of our police cruiser,” said Cst. Grant Kirzinger.
“We’ll try to stuff that as many times as we possibly can and take the food to the Salvation Army Food Bank.”
A public safety pickup truck was brought in last year to transport the mass of food back and forth.
“This will be a great event with lots to do for the family,” said Kirzinger with the Co-op being the hub of activity for the Saturday event.
“There will be a police car there, a fire truck, and the Citizens on Patrol will be there putting on a barbecue – a lot of awesome stuff going on.”
The Stuff the Cruiser drive will follow the Fight For Food contest going on between Silverwood Toyota and Wayside Dental Centre to restock the shelves of the food bank.
A winner be declared on April 28 and it could be the food bank itself.
“The last couple of years has been very successful, ” said Major Lisa O’Doherty at the food bank.
“It’s always a fun day, a successful day.”
She said there is still a need for food too.
The local food bank has been facing bare shelves due to a higher demand from families in the community, and an overall lack of donations.
The between January and March that the food bank saw 447 families access its services, up from 247 families between January and March of 2015.
The food bank is reporting 40 families on average, of which two thirds have children, are accessing the service each week, up from a previously reported average of 30 families per week near the end of February 2017.
The food bank’s average family of three people receives 75 lbs. of food during a visit, meaning on a weekly basis, they are giving out roughly 3,000 lbs. of food.

More News

LCSD hosts archbishop

The Lloydminster Catholic School Division (LCSD) had a special guest this week, as Archbishop Richard Smith toured multiple schools. more »

Falk talks first session in House of Commons

Battlefords-Lloydminster member of Parliament Rosemarie Falk is back in her constituency for the summer. She held a summer office open house this week for people to have a tour, drop by for a conversation,… more »

Health council opens channels

We have your back on healthcare. That’s what the Yellowhead East Health Advisory Council (HAC) told local and area residents during its latest meeting at the Lloydminster Hospital on June 20. more »

more »