Community once again shows support to stuff cruiser

By Geoff Lee

May 12, 2017 2:55 PM

This year’s Stuff the Cruiser drive to restock the shelves of the Lloydminster Salvatation Army Food Bank involved a lot of helping hands from Lloydminster Security Services, Citizens on Patrol, Lloydminster RCMP, Lloydminster Fire Department and Lloydminster and District Co-op Marketplace that hosted the event on May 6.  Some of the volunteers are holding $10 and $20 food bags sold at the Co-op year round for the food bank. Geoff Lee

This year’s Stuff the Cruiser event provided more than $6,000 worth of food relief to the Lloydminster Salvation Army Food Bank.
The total haul included $4,000 of food and supplies and $2,000 in cash with a lot of helping hands on deck at the Lloydminster and District Co-op Marketplace on May 6.
“The RCMP, the fire department, Citizens on Patrol and the Lloydminster & District Co-op want to thank the community for again making this a huge success,” said organizer Cst. Grant Kirzinger.
More than 10 cruisers were stuffed this year including $10 and $20 bags the Co-op Markeplace has been selling for the food bank throughout the year.
The bags are prepared in consultation with the Salvation Army and contain a mix of food and personal hygiene products
The Co-op’s marketing and communications manager, Kristine Knourek said the community response to the annual drive has always been good.
“I think people are very aware of community and are very willing to lend a hand to their neighbours and their friends and their families who may have a few needs with hunger,” said Knourek.
“Lloydminster’s always been one to step up and support any need that’s arisen and hunger’s no different.”
Her Co-op team members brought carts of stored food to the cruiser.
The Stuff the Cruiser event is one of the largest food bank drives of the year that Major Lisa O’ Doherty sees as godsend for people and families in need.
She said the shelves are very low this year just because of the need in the community.
“We continue to have new families calling to make appointments and as long as we have new clients coming in, we rely on the community and organizations like the RCMP to support us with our food bank and the food” said O’ Doherty.
“People that never expected to use the food bank are having to call us to help feed their families.”
The Stuff the Cruiser event was supported by members of COPS who hosted a barbecue meal by donations with a fire department truck on hand for kids to explore.

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