By Kenyon Stronski Local Journalism Initiative Reporter As Cornfest is fast approaching, the Taber Food Bank is preparing to host their Plinko game and have already begun their 50/50 draws as of Aug. 3 with the draw date being Aug. 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets for the 50/50 are five dollars each. The Taber Food Bank also stresses that volunteers are at the heart of everything they do. In July, the food bank saw their 20 volunteers serving 324 hours. Whether it’s a weekly commitment or just for Cornfest, the Taber Food Bank would be happy to have you. The second August event for the Food Bank is their ‘Vegetable Garden BBQ’ hosted on Aug. 21 from 12-2 p.m. The BBQ is being held to celebrate a successful harvest this year as they received 727 pounds of fresh produce from the garden. Everyone in the community is invited to help spread awareness of the importance of the garden for the food bank. Each month, the food bank highlights a member that has played a vital role in the operations of the food bank and for August it is Aaron Edlund. Edlund is a board member at the food bank and is also the vice-principal and athletic director at Barnwell School. He played for the Pronghorn basketball team when he attended the University of Lethbridge, and he states basketball is his favourite sport. His biggest accomplishment in life is his family. The Taber Food Bank was busy in July with 356 individuals being served in the food bank, 241 litres of milk was distributed, and they gave out 20 pre-made sandwiches and 8,037 pounds of food were also given to other local agencies. Some of their most needed items currently are: pudding cups, cooking oil, brown sugar, ready-to-eat chill, dry soup mixes, men’s and women’s deodorant, paper towel, and bathroom cleaners.
Kenyon Stronski, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Taber Times