REGINA, SK (October 19, 2017) – For 35 years, the Regina Food Bank has provided emergency food to communities in Regina and surrounding area, in a safe and welcoming environment that is centered around feeding hope, strengthening the community and providing resources to those who have found themselves in difficult situations.
Did you know that?
- The Regina Food Bank received 91,550 requests for services in 2016-17; they see, on average, 250 households a day
- Almost half (43%) of those who access services, including food, are children
- With students back at school, we’re reminded of the importance proper nutrition has on a child’s ability to lear
HSAS is a union representing more than 3,800 Health Care Professionals in over 30 specialized professions, who work within all twelve of Saskatchewan’s Health Regions, several privately-owned ambulance services in Saskatchewan, and at Canadian Blood Services in Regina. Many of our members such as registered dietitians and nutritionists, social workers, mental health therapists and emergency medical services personnel, see the direct impact of poverty and poor nutrition in Saskatchewan on a daily basis. This is why HSAS has chosen to support the Regina Food Bank by donating $10,000. HSAS also hosted a fundraising steak night at the Press Box in Regina on October 18, 2017, where all monies raised went directly to the Food Bank.
HSAS President, Karen Wasylenko: “The Regina Food Bank programs include initiatives that teach and share the many facets of healthy living, growing and preparing food, eating well and staying active. HSAS Professionals understand the critical role that useful education and true prevention have on an individual’s ability to thrive. Knowledge is Power. There is a natural fit between the goals of the Food Bank and the work of HSAS Professionals.”
Regina Food Bank Executive Director, Steve Compton: “Access to nutritious, high quality food is a consistent challenge for food banks to provide to families looking for assistance during difficult times. As a result of the significant support provided through this generous donation by the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan, the Regina Food Bank can ensure that emergency hampers are well rounded and can provide multiple healthy, nutritious menu options.”
The Regina Food Bank is always in need of volunteers, financial support, and food donations. At present, there is an immediate need of pasta, peanut butter and canned protein, such as tuna or ham.
Click “Read More” below for the photo gallery of the HSAS Food Bank tour and the steak night fundraiser.
For more information contact:
Steve Compton, Executive Director
Regina Food Bank
Dawn Brown, Communications Officer
Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan