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Introducing Project Pantry


March 10, 2017

Introducing Project Pantry

The Strathcona County Youth Council, in partnership with the Strathcona Food Bank and the Strathcona County Professional Fire Fighters Association, is once again inviting the community to donate healthy food options for children and youth’s lunchboxes. Local usage of the Strathcona Food Bank doubled in 2016.

Historically named Operation Lunchbox, Youth Council has changed the campaign name to “Project Pantry” as some of the donations will be used to stock a Free Community Pantry that Youth Council will be initiating this spring. The Free Community Pantry aims to help reduce barriers to accessing food by providing another option to access food. Further details will be shared later this spring.

In the fall of 2016, close to 8,000 residents provided insight on how we as a community are achieving our social goals. Through Community Talk 41% of respondents indicated that the most important social goal to achieve is ensuring all people in Strathcona County have their basic needs met.  The most frequently talked about theme in this engagement was the need to make our community more affordable.  Project Pantry is one small gesture in this direction.

Residents are invited to bring non-perishable food donations to the Red Lunch Box, located in the Community Centre (401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park), until the end of March.

Youth Council members are also accepting pledges for the eight to 12 hour Fast-A-Thon in recognition of those children and youth who go to school hungry each day in Strathcona County. Money raised will be used to purchase healthy lunch items, toiletries and non-perishable food for the Free Community Pantry.

More information about Project Pantry and Community Talk, or to support the Fast-A-Thon or call 780-464-4044.

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