By Trevor Busch
The Taber Food Bank Society has made their annual request to have the organization’s town utilities waved for 2016.
At their Oct. 26 meeting, town council voted unanimously to receive the request for funding from the Taber Food Bank Society for consideration during 2016 budget deliberations.
“Food bank usage, as you’re aware, is up,” said society president Vicki Koersen. “This last month we gave out 178 hampers. Within that same month, over 500 people, including children, were part of our food bank.”
Town utilities for the organization for 2015 come to $1,986.11, a figure expected to be similar in scope in 2016.
“Through support in the community, we’ve done exceptionally well this last year, we had a huge campaign,” said Koersen. “Support within the community has gone up, which is fabulous for us, and we’re receiving more viable food donations.”
Total revenue for the organization in 2015 will top out at $108,647.19, with total expenses ringing in $87,404.04, resulting in a net income of $21,243.15.
Upcoming events of the society include a Stuff a Bus campaign on Dec. 2 and a ministerial dinner on Dec. 19.
“I attended your last food drive, and it was amazing how much food came in,” said Mayor Henk DeVlieger. “On behalf of council, thank you so much for all the time and effort you and all the volunteers put in. In a way it’s sad that we have to have a place like this, but on the other hand it’s a blessing to see that the community is there to help the people that are less fortunate.”