The Regina Food Bank is looking to feed more than 2,000 families this holiday season.
The food bank kicked off its annual 12 days of Christmas Campaign on Monday, partnering with several community agencies.
CEO Steve Compton says with the help of those partnerships they will be able to raise more funds, resulting in more food.
“PotashCorp is matching the first $500,000 to food banks across Saskatchewan — which we’re a part of. Sherwood Co-op is here today with their commitment to their Virtual Food Drive, so you can give online,” said Compton.
Compton says the 2,000 hampers will be filled with more fresh foods than normal, so people can make their holiday meals.
“A lot of the things that go into a Christmas hamper aren’t things you can throw in the collection bin at the grocery store, they are things like turkeys and fresh products,” explained Compton.
The hampers will cost about $150,000.
Compton says food banks across the province have seen an increase in clients due to the downturn in the economy.
“There’s been a 17 per cent increase across Saskatchewan from this time last year. In Regina it’s about eight per cent — put that into a different number — it’s about 500 households or families more than this time last year,” said Compton.
That’s why most food banks encourage cash donations to help feed those in need.
“We want to make sure that we’re giving a nutritious, wholesome holiday meal. To be able to do that is by financial support, so we can go out and purchase those (items),” said Compton.