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Snow on the slopes of Castle Mountain ski hill

Ready, set, snow!

Conditions should be ideal for Castle Mountain Resort’s opening weekend, this Friday to Sunday, with daytime temperatures hovering near the freezing mark.

An added bonus for boarders and skiers: the resort will donate $1 from each lift ticket sold, up to $1,000, splitting the proceeds evenly between the Pincher Creek and Crowsnest Pass food banks.

Pincher Creek Co-op has agreed to match the donations dollar-for-dollar, doubling any contributions.

 

Display of fall clothing at at Emerald & Ash Clothing in Crowsnest Pass.

 

Food bank shelves filled with non-perishable food and bottled water

Latter-day Saints continue food drive tradition

If you find a plastic bag on your doorstep next week, don’t be alarmed or think the wind must have blown it there.

The bag, as it turns out, is part of the annual fall food drive put on in Pincher Creek by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Campaign chairman Chuck Nelson says the plastic bags will have a flyer inside that outlines what the Pincher Creek Food Centre is in need of at this time.

“It’s a pretty good mix,” Chuck says. This includes pasta, cereal, fruit cups, pudding cups, flour, sugar, coffee, tea and canned soups.

Organizers aren’t accepting any homemade canned or baked goods, though.

“No solicitation, so we won’t be asking for a donation,” he says. “It’s completely voluntary to participate.”

As in years past, volunteers with the church will go around the community dropping off the bags between Sept. 19 and 21.

Collection day is Saturday, Sept. 23.

“We’re asking anyone who’s taking part to have the bags out on the doorstep by 10 a.m. We’ll then pick them up and deliver them to the food bank,” Chuck says.

“We are extremely grateful for the continued support from the church and its members,” says Anne Gover, president of the Pincher Creek and District Community Food Centre. 

“Over the years, they’ve managed to collect hundreds of pounds of food and we simply couldn’t accomplish our mission if it wasn’t for the support of our marvellous community.”

The local ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been co-ordinating the event since 2012. It presented a cheque in lieu of a food drive in 2020, when Covid restrictions were in place.

Woman with long, dark hair puts oranges into a stand-up cooler at the Pincher Creek Food Centre

New equipment expands capacity for Food Centre

In the midst of a growing need for perishable foods, the Pincher Creek and District Community Food Centre has added two new large deep freezers and two new large stand-up coolers.

The equipment will allow the centre to store and carry more perishable items at its location, while giving those in need a greater variety of quality foods that they can receive.

Acquisition of the new equipment was made possible through the 2022 Capacity Boost Grant from Food Banks Canada, with the food centre receiving $16,800.

The centre was also able to purchase additional equipment needed for the vegetable garden that it tends with the grant money.

The Capacity Boost Grant is meant to help food banks expand its capacity to accept, distribute, grow or safely handle and store perishable and non-perishable items .

“Our board members and volunteers who helped with this worked very hard to make it all come together,” says Alice Wagenaar, a board member and volunteer for the food centre.

“This is all certainly going to make our operation a whole lot better and we’ll be able to provide better-quality food as a result of it.”

Moving forward, the food centre will be able to provide more fresh and frozen food to those within the community suffering from food insecurity and better meet their needs.

In particular, the new storage capacity for frozen foods will allow volunteers to include a greater variety of food items in their food hampers.

“It’s really nice to see the organization moving forward, expanding its capacity and just becoming a solid organization in this community,” says Alice.

The food hamper program runs throughout the year, providing those reaching out in need of food with a hamper once every two weeks.

Now that the food centre possesses the means to store large quantities of frozen and perishable foods, it is looking to run a Fill the Freezer campaign later in the month

The centre will seek to fill the freezers with meat and frozen vegetables from anyone who is in a position to donate food and help the centre provide quality foods.

“Unfortunately, this is a time when food prices are so high, and we’ve certainly had an increased demand,” says Alice.

“We have such a generous community, so we’re hoping if anyone has meat or vegetables to spare, they think about us.”

Keep an eye out on the food centre’s Facebook page for more information on the upcoming campaign and how you can help.

Those interested in volunteering at the food centre, in need of a food hamper, or with general questions about the food centre can call or text 403-632-6716 or email foodcentrepc@gmail.ca.