Kamsack lunch program gets strong support from community

The SIGN Kamsack Family Resource Centre and SIGN Positive Impact, with tremendous support from the community, is providing a free bag lunch once a week to Kamsack residents who are faced with a lack of food, and who are not receiving any other assistance.

The grab-and-go lunch is available Wednesdays between 12 noon and 1 p.m. at the front entrance of Victoria School at 512 West Avenue, said a release. Delivery is provided on request to those who are house-bound or do not have transportation.

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St. Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Church is donating granola bars and fruit cups on an ongoing basis. Other food items for the lunch bags including granola bars, apple sauce cups, cheese and crackers, loaves of bread, sandwich meats and bottles of juice, and boxes of cereal from Legend Organic Farms to give to each household receiving lunches. In addition $1,350 has been donated from sources including Western Financial, Sally and Michael Bishop and several groups who wish to remain anonymous at this time.

The first week of the lunch program, the cost of each lunch was just under $2.50. With the many donations of food items received, the cost per bag for the second week was about 11 cents per bag, the release continued.

The program organizers, Candice Nelson and Megan Peters, said they are making 60 lunches per week which are picked up or delivered, and hope to continue for another 15 weeks until schools (and the school lunch programs) reopen, providing the community support continues. If the need is greater, the number of lunches made each week will increase, the release concluded.