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Food bank prepares Christmas hampers

Bill Visentin was among the volunteers preparing Christmas hampers at the Cranbrook Food Bank on Wednesday afternoon. The hampers include about 50 pounds of food. There are hams for individuals and turkeys for families of two or more to help celebrate the Christmas season. This is the last stretch as the food bank will be closed after Dec. 23 until the New Year.  - Arne Petryshen photo
Bill Visentin was among the volunteers preparing Christmas hampers at the Cranbrook Food Bank on Wednesday afternoon. The hampers include about 50 pounds of food. There are hams for individuals and turkeys for families of two or more to help celebrate the Christmas season. This is the last stretch as the food bank will be closed after Dec. 23 until the New Year.
— image credit: Arne Petryshen photo

Volunteers at the Cranbrook Food Bank were hard at work this week putting together Christmas food hampers to spread the Christmas cheer to those in need.

Donations of food that have been coming in were sorted out in various stations by volunteers and each hamper full of food ends up weighing around 50 pounds.

The hampers are then picked up or delivered to the deserving family or individual.

On Wednesday afternoon the food bank was a bustling place as the volunteers rushed to fill the orders, weighing each bundle that makes up part of the hamper as they go along.

On the meat station, Bill Visentin sorted each bag adding hot dogs, wild meat, perogies and other frozen food. At another station volunteers packed bags full of cereals and pasta, while others filled bags full of canned food to go into the hampers.

Then of course the turkeys and hams were wheeled through the building to add to the hamper before they went out. The volunteers at the food bank can put together about 50 hampers per day.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Cranbrook Food Bank Society, give them a call at 250-426-7664.

Hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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