Tree of Plenty 2013

Christmas Basket Day at the Saskatoon Food Bank

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Each year the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre distributes Christmas food baskets to seniors and single adults who might not otherwise be able to enjoy a special holiday meal.  Although families can register at various community agencies and churches for assistance over the holidays, options are limited for seniors and single adults.

Over 2400 people chose either chicken or ham this past Saturday Dec. 14th, as part of our annual Christmas Basket Day. We would like to extend a big thank-you to the Chicken Farmers of Saskatchewan along with Sofina Foods for their donation of chicken, Jules and Annette Calyniuk for their donation of christmas hams, Les and Irene Dube for their donation of apples and oranges and Sobeys and Saputo for their discounts on bread and milk. The Saskatoon and District Kinettes also volunteered and donated warm winter clothes.

We would also like to extend a very BIG thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers who came out to help on this special day. We think you're AMAZING!

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Cruz FM Presents Saskatoon's Greatest Gift

cruz fmOn Saturday, Dec. 14 Cruz FM & Dakota Dunes are presenting Saskatoon's Greatest Gift. Visit Cruz on site at any Saskatoon Safeway store today from 8am-6pm to donate to the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre. You can bring something from home, or purchase a $5 or $10 Care Package from Safeway while you shop. Anyone who donates today will be entered to win $1,500 cash!

How can you Do Something Amazing this Season?

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Check out our "How to Be Amazing Guide" designed by Unite Marketing Coop.

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How to Be Amazing

final do something amazing cardAlso, watch out for Do Something Amazing cards circulating in the community and be part of the kindness revolution.

Do something Amazing, and pass along a kindness card to inspire kind action! Inspire others and use #AmazingYXE to share your stories of giving and receiving. Find your Do Something Amazing cards distributed at cafes and stores around the city, or print your own here:

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Would you like to Give an Alternative Gift this Christmas season? Now you can make a donation to the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre in someone else's name. An email will be sent to your recipient, as well as a tax receipt mailed.

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And now your donation will have double the impact! From now until Jan. 15, 2014 PotashCorp is matching all donation to food banks in Saskatchewan up to one million dollars!

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New Year's Dance in Support of the SFBLC

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dancesillouette     New Year's Eve Dance in Support of the SFBLC

 Ballroom dance music from 8PM to 1AM Tuesday December 31st, 2013 Where : St. Joseph's Hall, 8th Street and Broadway. How much : Tickets are $30 each, maximum of 100 to be sold. Advance tickets only, for more information or to purchase tickets Contact Glen or Elinor Wright at 306-955-3497 or email glenwright2@shaw.ca. This is a non-alcoholic event.

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Guest Blog: Jump.ca Volunteers

Jump7Once again the team from Jump.ca made the decision to do something amazing.  This week they visited the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre to give back to the community.  James Taylor wrote about his #AmazingYXE story, and we want to share it with you.  

 

[divider scroll_text=""] My experience at the Saskatoon Food Bank – Written by James Taylor

It's 9:00 am and it's Jump.ca's day to volunteer at the Saskatoon Food Bank. This is Jump.ca's second year helping out at the Food Bank as well as collecting donations in store. Last year, Jump.ca donated and distributed $33,197 to the food banks in the communities in which we operate. This was a combination of a direct contribution from Jump.ca and in-store donations that were collected during the holiday season.

There were 12 Jump.ca employees that volunteered their time to help out at the Food Bank this year. Our team was divided into groups of 4. Some of us went to the warehouse to do sorting of food products, another group went to organize donated clothes and the rest helped out in the crafts area.

The first group headed to the clothing depot. It's all based on donations; it allows people to come and get a bag of clothes and 2 household items for $2.00. The group’s job was to sort through bags of clothes, toys, books and other household goods. As they sorted, they would hang the clothes and bring them to the sales floor. One of our volunteers said, “It’s an extremely busy place, people would take things before we could fully walk through the back door.”

Over at the crafts station they had a large quantity of knick-knacks and household gadgets that they divided into two groups: kitchen supplies and personal effects. In each basket they put in either three kitchen or three personal items, wrapped it in cellophane and tied it with a bow. It was great seeing all the baskets come together with really handy items like lotions, candles, meat thermometers or wine aerators. These will work great as Christmas gifts!

In the warehouse we found many busy bodies. Our job there primarily was to sort through boxes of non-perishables and get everything to its designated location. We would also set aside any damaged products. There is an ongoing amount of work to be done in the Food Bank warehouse which is why not only are donations important, but volunteers as well are needed and much appreciated. Any little bit helps.

During our welcome, we learned about all the other community improvement programs that the Food Bank offers such as the volunteer income tax program. This is a great program that helps maximize the returns for low income earners. They also run their year round milk for children program. Milk costs are one of the most significant costs for the Food Bank which is why donations are so vital. All the programs of the Food Bank are important, however, the one that really stood out for me was the creating opportunities strategy. There are two aspects of this program. The first is where individuals who lack basic literacy, numeracy and other basic life skills can learn and improve their skills. The second is a work placement experience program. This is a lengthy program that offers individuals a chance to obtain some work experience. Most of the work would be done in the Food Bank. This creates opportunities for them to get their first aid, CPR, forklift ticket as well as learning the day to day of maintaining a job.

My overall experience at the food bank was very rewarding. When you're put into an atmosphere with those less fortunate it really puts what's important into perspective. I know everyone that volunteered took home some knowledge of how they can help out or improve the community. Jump.ca employs a crew that will continue to support our community and help out where needed. I encourage others to do the same.

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