Food Banks of Saskatchewan has received a total of $300,000 from an anonymous donor this year.
According to a press release, the donor has chosen to direct the funds to the Regina Food Bank and Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre (SFBLC).
The individual made an initial donation of $100,000 in the spring, then followed up this week with a $200,000 donation. The donation was made through the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation.
“We are incredibly touched by this gift. The fall is typically a time when our food bank sees a spike in usage and we expect this year will be no different. This gift will have a profound impact on our ability to serve,” said Regina Food Bank CEO John Bailey in a press release.
The Regina Food Bank has seen a jump in usage since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and has been serving approximately 500 clients every day. Of those clients, 42 per cent are children.
“They have chosen to give to the food banks because they know this time is difficult for many and food is a necessity that can provide hope, energy, positive mental health and comfort for a better tomorrow. They hope this gift inspires others in Saskatchewan to give if they can too,” said South Saskatchewan Community Foundation’s Donna Ziegler.
According to Food Banks Saskatchewan, the average monthly cost to supply food for clients across the province is estimated to be $1 million.