Alberta Beer Festivals is pleased to announce that they have partnered with their charity of choice for the 2014 edition of the Edmonton Oktoberfest, Edmonton’s Foodbank.
Each month, more than 13,000 people receive hampers from Edmonton’s Food Bank or one of the over 210 agencies, churches or food depots with which we are affiliated. The Food Bank also distributes food to more than 350,000 meals and snacks each month. Approximately 40 per cent of clients served are children under 18.
When individuals call the Food Bank looking for assistance, they are asked questions about their situation such as their name, address, family size, source of income, and what has happened that has left them short of money and food. During this process, the individual may be provided with information on other helping agencies or groups such as low-cost housing, collective kitchens, free meals, free or low-cost household goods or clothing, a food co-op, employment information (resumes, access to fax and phone), Health For Two (pre-natal health connection), emergency shelters and immigrant services.
In 2013, more than 45,600 volunteer hours were contributed. Volunteers assist with warehouse duties such as sorting, repackaging food and packing food hampers. They also act as ambassadors for the Food Bank at special events and fundraisers, like Edmonton Oktoberfest
Festival goers will be able to learn more about Edmonton’s Food Bank, and their initiatives at their booth during the Edmonton Oktoberfest festival. A portion of money raised during Edmonton Oktoberfest, and 100% of food donations will go directly to Edmonton’s Food Bank, so that all Edmontonian are able to survive by eating well. For more information on Edmonton’s Food Bank, and the partnership created with Alberta Beer Festivals, you can visit http://www.edmontonsfoodbank.com/