Saskatoon Food Bank

WE DID IT!!

Poverty CostsOver the past eight months the Poverty Costs  campaign (a joint initiative between the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre and several other organizations, including the Saskatoon Anti-Poverty Coalition, Upstream, Saskatoon Health Region, Saskatoon Poverty Reduction Partnership  & Unite) have been raising awareness about the economic impact of poverty in Saskatchewan, recently calculated to be $3.8 billion dollars a year, and giving Saskatchewan citizens the opportunity to voice their support for a comprehensive poverty reduction plan.

Saskatchewan is one of only two provinces in Canada without a poverty reduction plan.  There are many programs and services intended to reduce poverty, but there isn't a comprehensive plan that brings those initiatives together with targets, timelines and accountability measures – the very things we know are critical to the success of any goal.

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On Wednesday Oct.22 Poverty Costs had the honor of visiting the Legislative buildings in Regina for the Government’s Throne Speech and the exciting announcement that the Government of Saskatchewan is committing to the development of a comprehensive poverty reduction plan.  This announcement is the culmination of many years work by committed individuals, organizations and groups who work every day to raise awareness about poverty and the need for a comprehensive poverty reduction plan.  We’ve taken a critical first step in the journey towards development and implementation and look forward to working closely with the Government of Saskatchewan and other stakeholders in months to come.

photo credit:Morgan Modjeski/Metro

http://metronews.ca/news/saskatoon/1192409/government-of-saskatchewan-to-develop-poverty-reduction-strategy/

"A Ghoulishly Good Time for a Franken Awesome Cause!"

Join in on the Halloween fun!

 

On Halloween instead of candy, join volunteers and go off campus to ask for  non-perishable food items for the  Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre. Last year over  250 volunteers collected and donated 7500 pounds of food! See instructions below on how to join in on the Halloween fun!

Register:  www.trickoreat.ca

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Instructions2This is happening right across Canada. Hunger is on the rise in Canada. As of 2012, it was reported that 1.4 million Canadian households experience food insecurity, which amounts to nearly 1 in 8 households. That means that 4 million individuals, including 1.15 million children do not have access to safe, nutritious and affordable food. This is a 15% increase from 2012 when 3.5 million Canadian were food insecure.

This year, Trick or Eat will be launching a national conversation about how to end hunger in Canada.
#trickoreat your selfies throughout the night to raise awareness for hunger in Canada!
A conversation will be facilitated over twitter and at trickoreat.ca Everyone is encouraged to lend their voice and join in!
[Tweet "With hunger in Canada on the rise, what can Canadians do to end it? "]

We're Hiring!

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We’re Hiring!

Our Creating Opportunities – Workplace Experience program is looking for a dynamic and highly adaptable person to fill the role of Job Developer.

The Job Developer supports adults in the pursuit of their career goals by facilitating group workshops, connecting participants to resources, helping with resume development and job searches, and providing daily on-the-job coaching. If you have experience working in the community sector and with adult learners in particular this may be the job for you.

 

Please see the posting on saskjobs for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

Group Planting Days and Garden Helper Positions

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A big Thank You to Ernie Fast, our dedicated volunteer, for helping load our manure, and till it in the Garden Patch to prepare it for planting!

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The Garden Patch could use the help of enthusiastic volunteers this week! Please drop in between 2PM-6PM on Wednesday May 29, or 2PM-6PM on Wednesday May 30. No need to RSVP, but email brit.m@saskatoonfoodbank.org if you would like more information. There are lots of projects to do. Planting, painting, bean pole teepees, raised beds, and mulching.

Come on out and get play in the dirt!

Please bring gloves and water. Thank you :)

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June8th

              Saturday June 8th 9AM-12PM Group Helping Day!

Come Join us at the Garden Patch for another Group Helping Day. There will be lots to do around the Garden including planting, mulching and painting. Drop in anytime between 9AM-12PM. No need to RSVP. There will be seeds to take home and plant!

Don't Forget your sun hat, gloves and water.

We appreciate all of your help and support!

The Garden Patch is located on the 900 block of 3rd Ave N, just south of 33rd St and Warman Ave. It is a large lot on the East side of 3rd Ave N surrounded by a blue fence.

See you at the Patch!

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Would you like to be a Garden Helper?

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We are starting a new volunteer initiative. We would like to invite volunteers to the Garden patch for an hour, or for an entire morning/afternoon throughout the season. We are starting Garden Helper volunteer shifts which will run every week. The Garden Helper times are:

    Tuesday's between 9-12              Wednesday between 1-4              Thursday between 9-12

You can come for an hour/afternoon on a specific day throughout the year, or have a more regular weekly or bi-weekly volunteer position. For example, you can come to volunteer for one day, June 4th from 9-10AM, or you may decide to come in every other week on Wednesday at 2PM. You are invited to come lend a hand during any of these hours. Please RSVP. The continued support of volunteers is how our garden 'grows'! You can RSVP/Register for these volunteer shifts and positions through the Food Bank Volunteer Coordinator, Rehanna. She can be reached at rehanna@saskatoonfoodbank.org, or by phone at 306-664-6565. You may also contact the Urban Agriculture Coordinator Brit for more information at brit.m@saskatoonfoodbank.org. Thank you for your support!

[divider scroll_text=""] weedinweds_edited-1Weedin' Wednesday will begin in July! We invite the community to come drop in at the Garden Patch anytime between 4PM and 8PM every Wednesday. This will be a family friendly volunteer experience. Come drop by, lend a hand and enjoy the garden. More information here.

 

 

Find our more about what's happening at the Garden Patch on our Urban Agriculture Page Here. 

 

Linda Guedo Receives Diamond Jubilee Medal

We are thrilled to share good news about a very special honour given one of our committed volunteers, Linda Guedo. IMG_8671

Linda is a long-time board member of the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre and has run the Volunteer Income Tax Program for over twenty years.  Thousands of families have benefited directly from Linda's dedication and donates countless hours of her time each year.

We are proud to announce that in honour of her significant contribution to her community Linda has been selected as a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Linda, thank you so much for all that you do to make our community stronger!