The Oilers Foundation is proud to support Edmonton's Food Bank with the purchase of a brand new refrigerated truck, plus food, announcing a $185,074 donation to this important non-profit in our community in August 2016. This pillar in our community already serves more than 21,000 people each month through its hamper programs with 40 per cent of recipients being youth under 18. Additionally, 500,000 meals and snacks per month are served with the help of member agencies including, Hope Mission, Boyle Street Community Services and Bissell Centre, making this donation even more important for our community.
The five-tonne refrigerated truck will hold up to nine pallets of food, with the capability to load approximately 8,000 lbs. of food to help support the city's most in need. The truck also affords Edmonton's Food Bank the opportunity to pick up more fresh product from its major distributors as well as frozen product, including donations from another EOCF initiative, the Rock N' Wrap It Up program which donates unused food from hockey games and events at Rogers Place.
"Whenever anyone mentions the Oilers, most will automatically think: Hockey. However, at Edmonton's Food Bank, we think of COMMUNITY," said Edmonton's Food Bank Executive Director Marjorie Bencz. "The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation have been integral in our efforts to support our community as they have been advocates of our work for many years. Support of the Food Bank includes food collections at past games, arena donations of food, appearances by past players, a yearly financial gift, and, most recently, an astounding donation of $185,074 to purchase a new truck and food. This is what COMMUNITY looks like."