Clearview staff donates to local food banks instead of receiving gifts

Stettler food bank needs volunteers

Clearview Public Schools Board and staff donated $1,300 to help families have enough to eat over the holiday season.

On Dec. 12 the Clearview Board of Trustees and the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 4292 (CUPE) presented donation cheques to Betty Birch from the Stettler Food Bank. This holiday season Clearview will see contributions to the Big Valley Food Bank, Castor Food Bank and Coronation Food Bank.

The Board of Trustees for Clearview Public Schools uses this opportunity during the holiday season to provide a donation to the local food banks on behalf of Clearview staff, in lieu of staff receiving a gift.

In past years, Clearview staff have shown appreciation for the board providing this help to families in need during this time of year. A donation of $1,000 from Clearview is divided between three local food banks and with CUPE contributing and an additional $300 to be split between the Stettler Food Bank and the Stettler Christmas Hamper.

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“We have a great community, and we see that all of the time by all of the donations that we receive that allows us to keep our Food Bank stocked up so that no families have to go hungry,” said Betty Birch from the Stettler Food Bank. “Food Bank usage in Stettler and other areas continues to increase. The holidays can be a stressful enough time without worrying if you can keep your family fed, and donations such as the ones made by Clearview and their staff go a long way to helping ease that stress for families in need.”

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The Stettler Food Bank would like people to know the Food Bank accepts cash or non-perishable donations. They are also in need of volunteers, as it takes 15 to 20 people per week to keep the Food Bank up and running. If you are interested please call Betty Birch at 403-742-0732.

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