The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation has given Edmonton’s Food Bank over 185 thousand dollars to buy a new refrigerated truck to pick food that needs to be kept cool.
The Foundation’s Natalie Minckler says they are glad to help the community by helping the food bank. “One of our partners in our funding is Edmonton’s Food Bank, and we have provided over $185,000 specifically for the purchase of a new refrigerated truck.”
Tamasin Bencz-Knight from Edmonton’s Food Bank says this is huge. “We must have the infrastructure and the resources available to pick up food donations. Thanks to the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation we are going to be adding a five ton refrigerated unit to our fleet. That’s going to be instrumental in picking up the fresh produce, the frozen food around the city, and being able to bring it back to our warehouse safely.”
The Oilers Foundation strives to help eradicate social issues while finding long-term solutions to improve the community where we live, work and play.
Thanks to the support and generosity from Oilers hockey fans, partners, players and staff, the EOCF says they have been able to invest this funding into more than 170 community groups to help enrich the lives of those in Oil Country.
The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation helped many programs this year, including Pilgrims Hospice Society, Centre for Family Literacy, Edmonton John Howard Society, YMCA of Northern Alberta, Kids Help Phone, STARS, the University of Alberta’s Indigenous and Global Health Research Group, West 6 Schools, Canadian Red Cross and Bissell Centre. (eb)