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Farm Credit Canada's Drive away hunger program is now in its 14th year.

Hunger is still an important issue in Saskatchewan as 1-5 Saskatchewan families skip meals just to try and make ends meet.

FCC's Manager of Community Investment, Carla Warnyca says the program has been well received and fits a need in our communities.

"I think often we don't realize, how big the need is and who uses the food banks," she said. "I think there is a misperception out there and we really want people to take a look and realize that it could be your neighbour that is maybe struggling a little bit or someone who could use your help. So we are encouraging people to get on board and be as generous as you can."

Warnyca talked about some of the most common items being requested.

"They often need baby food, that's really important for them to get," Warnyca said. "Definitely things like peanut butter, sources of protein are great, soup is great, beans, all those sorts of things."

Food Banks Canada released a list of their most needed items.

  • Pasta (canned or dry) and pasta sauces
  • Canned and frozen meats and fish
  • Meat alternatives (peanut butter, soy, assorted nuts)
  • Canned goods (beans, soups, and stews)
  • Dairy (fresh, canned, and powdered milk)
  • Canned vegetables and fruit
  • Whole grain cereals
  • Infant foods and baby formula
  • Bathroom tissue and diapers
  • Personal hygiene products

FCC field offices have been collecting food and cash donations which stay with food banks in the local community.

 

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