While local Christmas cheer boards have taken up the cause of collecting food and other items during the holiday season, the Interlake Food Bank serves the less fortunate living in the south Interlake for the rest of the year.
The Interlake Food Bank was founded in 1992 by Mel Hidlebaugh and Mel Ward and currently works out of the basement of Town Hall in Stonewall. Not only does it receive individual donations from the public, but also from Winnipeg Harvest and local businesses. Karen Chaboyer of Interlake Food Bank told The Stonewall Argus and Teulon Times that food for children’s lunches is typically its most needed.
“We get a lot (of donations for) single people, too, but we try to do it mostly for the kids,” Chaboyer said.
She added that the number of people using the food bank can vary from approximately 85 to more than 100. The food bank has also had to fill some of the void left by the closure of St. Laurent’s food bank, but Winnipeg Harvest has assisted the Interlake Food Bank there. The Stonewall and District Christmas Cheer Board donates what is left over to the Interlake Food Bank, but Chaboyer said it typically receives more donations in winter.
“They donate more around Christmas than they do at any other time,” she added.