YK Food Bank hopes to start taking donations next month

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The YK Food Bank is hoping to begin accepting food donations in the next month, the vice president says.

The news comes at a good time as food supplies are beginning to run low, says Coleen McClean-Cham, volunteer coordinator.

“We’re still not taking any food donations, and our stock pile, our shelves and stuff are starting to get a little bare,” she says. “There’s still lot’s of food there… It’s just some things we are running out of.”

Joanne Teed, YK Food Bank vice president, says it was important to halt donations to prevent COVID-19 from spreading.

However, she hopes for donations to begin again in the next month or so, as restrictions continue to relax.

Once the food bank starts accepting donations, she says foods like canned and powered milk as well as fruit will be greatly appreciated.

“Those are usually the ones we run low on,” Teed says.

The YK Food Bank closed in late March as a result of the pandemic. It reopened on April 19, but changed its operation style, allowing clients to schedule appointments staggered 10-minutes apart to pick up food hampers at the warehouse on 50 Street.

The food bank has been ensuring social distancing by limiting volunteers to two onsite at a time.

Food hampers will be distributed on Sunday, June 21st from 9 a.m, to 12 p.m.

Appointments can be made by calling 867-765-5003 between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.

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