While the Airdrie Food Bank is still in desperate need of donations, they are staying committed to providing what they can for local schools.

School is back in full swing in Airdrie and the food bank is doing the best they can to help provide food and snacks for all the kids that may be attending school with no food.

Christine Taylor, the Events, Marketing and Communication Manager at the Airdrie Food Bank explains with all the different types of programs they have, they end up spending a lot of money on food.

"We'd spent over $36,000 on food-related items to those programs plus $27,000, ensuring that our community has access to milk."

Taylor highlighted being able to provide food for kids at schools is really important as 44 per cent of the people that they help at the food bank are children.

"We know that children go to school hungry in our community, we just don't think that's right and you cannot learn if you have a grumbling tummy."

One reason they spend that much money on snacks is that a lot of the snacks that they give out need to be purchased because they have to be peanut-friendly and specific to the school's needs.

"We're always looking for non-dipped peanut-friendly snacks like granola bars, tuna, cracker kits, pudding and fruit cups."

The Airdrie Food Bank provides support for over 30 schools. Their food bank is hosting its Citywide Food Drive on September 16. To learn more, click HERE.

Airdrie's Food Bank serves 12 per cent more children than the national average. 

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