Clearwater and District Food Bank volunteers Linda Selbee, Kathy Haring, Pearl McAloney and Margot Venema stand in front of some desserts that were part of the bake sale at last week’s Food Bank Annual Fundraiser. Photo by Jaime Polmateer

Fundraiser gives food bank a needed push

Event offered a silent auction, bake sale, crafts and a concert by Wells Gray Lively Arts Society

The Clearwater and District Food Bank Annual Fundraiser took place at the Dutch Lake Community Centre last weekend, where attendees enjoyed a silent auction, bake sale, crafts and a community concert put on by the Wells Gray Lively Arts Society.

Linda Selbee, finance chair of the food bank, said the yearly event usually raises enough cash and food donations to help the organization through the months of January and February, noting at the beginning of the year the food bank was supporting 65 families and as of the end of November that number has jumped to 99.

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“So we have a significant boost in our demand,” she said.

The food bank is also already up 20 hampers for the Christmas season compared to last year, and its only started working on them for one week. The group works on the hampers two days a week, for three weeks, meaning there are two more weeks to go, so volunteers don’t know how much that number might increase by the end of the month.

Those who attended the fundraiser were offered entertainment by the Voices United Choir, Clearwater Strings, Calliope and Lilies of the Valley.

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The group Calliope entertains the crowd at last week’s Clearwater and District Annual Fundraiser. (L-r) Sharon Neufeld, Sandy Crane, Cherie Bluette and Grant Gale. Photo submitted

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