Above: Champion Petfoods Leigh Newton presents a donation to Chamber President Simon Boersma and Manager Dianne Mineault – submitted photo

by Lucie Roy
Morinville News Correspondent

The Morinville Food Bank received donations from the Morinville & District Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of Morinville, and Champion Petfoods recently.

On Aug. 10, Leigh Newton of Champion Petfoods made a $530 donation for the Food Bank to Chamber Manager Diane Mineault and Chamber President Simon Boersma.

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On Aug. 24, Newton made a presentation of another $500 for the Food Bank to the Rotary Club of Morinville. Accepting on behalf of the Club was President Simon Boersma and Tom Bell.

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On Aug. 25 Morinville Food Bank Society President Ken Skjersven received a cheque for $1060 from the Chamber. Chamber Manager Dianne Mineault said $530 was raised from the Chamber Golf Tournament by selling tickets on a large prize donated by Champion Petfoods. The amount raised was matched one-to-one by Champion.

In addition to the $1560 in cheques from Champion, Rotary, and the Chamber, Skjersven said the Morinville Food Bank also received $500 and 1000 pounds of food from the Blue Suede Music Festival held in Busby Aug. 19 to 21. That event collected 4000 pounds of food, which was distributed between a soup kitchen, and the Barrhead, Morinville, and Westlock Food Banks.

The donations will greatly help the Food Bank who have seen twice the people in need but received half the donations they normally do in summer.

The Food Bank is appealing to Morinville and Sturgeon County residents and businesses to help them help others. Though the Food Bank is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, Skjersven said people can phone 780-939-2636 and leave a message 24 hours a day, seven days a week to make pickup or drop off arrangements.

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