Youth Council leads community project to nourish both body and mind

May 5, 2017

Youth Council leads community project to nourish both body and mind

Beginning today, Youth Council members are working with the community to provide those in need with 24/7 access to food and literature through a new free community pantry and book exchange.

Results of the recent Community Talk public engagement indicate that the most important social goal is to ensure all people in Strathcona County have their basic needs met (including affordability). This Youth Council led initiative is another collaborative step towards achieving this goal.

Housed in weatherproof boxes in front of the Community Centre (2001 Sherwood Drive, Sherwood Park), the community pantry and book exchange are part of the Youth Council’s initiative to reduce barriers to accessing food.

In a spirit of true community care, residents and local businesses are invited to donate non-perishable food items or small toiletries and family-friendly books either directly into the boxes, or by dropping off donations at the Family and Community Services office, located at 200, 501 Festival Avenue (second floor of the Community Centre). Special thanks to the Strathcona County Professional Fire Fighter Association and the Strathcona Food Bank for providing initial food donations.

Youth Council members will monitor the success of this pilot project, as well as ensure the community pantry and book exchange remains stocked.

The Strathcona County Youth Council is composed of teens from Grades 7 – 12 and is supported and mentored by Strathcona County Family and Community Services.

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of over 98,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.


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Contact: Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595