For the month of September, the RM of Fish Creek is sponsoring a food drive to collect food and/or cash donations in support of the Wakaw Lions Foodbank. The Lions Foodbank is not part of the Food Banks of Saskatchewan which is the provincial association of foodbanks which distribute donated funds to its 36 member food banks across the province. Therefore, all financial obligations and funding needs are borne by the Lions Club which in itself is a not-for-profit organization. To support this food drive, non-perishable food items can be dropped of at Conexus Credit Union in Wakaw, Wakaw Pharmacy, the Lake Country Co-op Grocery store in Wakaw, and Hometown Foods in Wakaw. Please check the ‘Best Before’ date and do not donate expired or soon to be expired items. Any cash donations are to be dropped off at the office of the RM of Fish Creek/Town of Wakaw located at 121 Main Street, Wakaw. The Lions are in need of canned and other packaged food including rice, pasta and pasta sauce, cereal, oatmeal, condiments and spreads. The Lions put together meal ready packages and distribute to those needing the support during times of food insecurity. Any cash received or raised is used to purchase fresh produce and meat products. When the local grocery stores have sales on meat products, the Lions purchase and freeze it in family size packages in order to have it available when needed.
The Lions have been part of the Wakaw community for over sixty years contributing to numerous projects over the years such as the Wakaw Museum, the Diefenbaker Law Office, the Wakaw School Safety Patrol, the floor of the skating rink, improvements to the Town Hall and the fire department, as well as providing and maintaining the Lions Park and Spray Park. The mission of the volunteer organization is a simple one … to serve their community and the world and attempt to make both better.
As an organization Lions Clubs International has existed for over 100 years with the Wakaw club being founded in the early 1960’s. Although the Lions Clubs started as a men’s club, in 1987 women were granted membership into the Clubs and today the Wakaw Lions Club is a heterogenous mix of men and women with the same goal in mind; making Wakaw and area a better place to live.
The last day to support this food drive is September 30th and as everyone knows the month of September always seems to slip by quickly as fall and winter activities gear up. Get your donations ready and help the Lions continue to support those in need in our community.
Carol Baldwin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wakaw Recorder