Whitehorse Food Bank Feels the Summer Heat

no-soup-july-2015Every summer the Whitehorse Food Bank faces the same challenge; how to meet increased demand at the same time  both food and cash donations dry up. Families with kids at home struggle to make sure there’s enough food to fill hungry bellies and visitors to the city turn to the Food Bank to help them make it through the summer.

New Executive Director Kyla Merkel has instituted some wonderful new initiatives including Family Day at the emergency food provider. All summer, each Wednesday will be reserved for families with children. At that time, only parents & kids will be allowed in the building. While the adults pick up their once monthly food hamper, children will be able to colour, play with toys and have a healthy snack.

With health in mind, the Food Bank has removed ramen and instant soups from their most requested list. Remember, If you make a food donation be sure to bring your grocery receipt when you drop off food; you will be sent a tax receipt at the end of the year… everyone wins!

How can you help?

Donate money!  Sign up for the Food Bank’s Green Apple Club! Visit www.whitehorsefoodbank.ca and register for easy donations monthly. Even $10/month will help ensure reliable cash flow. You can also donate online at Canada Helps or donate your recycling at Raven; just tell the clerk you’d like your refund donated to the Whitehorse Food Bank.

Donate food! Top items include pasta, canned soup, tinned fruit and vegetables, canned meat, dry cereal, rice & peanut butter. Visit the Donate Food page to learn more.


The Food Bank Challenge… look what we DID!!

tammi till tape lighterWhen Whitehorse Food Bank‘s Executive Director Stephen Dunbar-Edge told CBC reporter Sandi Coleman things were looking bad he wasn’t kidding; the shelves were dangerously bare and emergency food hampers for the 1200 monthly clients were at risk.

YEU Local Y010 President Tammi Sikorski heard Stephen’s interview and decided to see how the Union could help. She spoke with her Local’s Executive and together they pledged what they could, issuing a challenge to other Locals to match their $700 donation. What happened next is the sort of thing that makes us all proud to be Yukoners.

Yukon Employees’ Union announced they would match the total donations pledged by the Locals, and  issued a challenge to its membership. Members were encouraged to make individual grocery purchases of $50 & take a photo of their purchase, posting it to the Yukon Employees’ Union Facebook page. By delivering  food directly to the Food Bank with a grocery receipt, name & address, donors receive a taxable donation receipt at the end of the tax year; that’s a win-win.

We also invited our members to join us for a massive scale shopping extravaganza on Saturday August 2nd. About 20 keen volunteers with carts and HUGE shopping lists loaded the Food Bank’s van and the Y010 trailer to the rafters, then delivered and shelved food at the Food Bank’s Alexander Street location. It was fantastic, energizing and FUN! It reminded all of us once again that unions really help keep the Unity in Community, and YE-Unity is pretty impressive!
The Food Bank needs consistent support. That support can be food or financial donations, but to provide emergency food for individuals and families in crisis they, need sustainable and reliable funding they can count on.

Consider becoming a Food Bank donor. The donation options are outlined on their website. Green Apple donors agree to a monthly contribution of $10 or more, allowing a predictable income and operating budget for the organization. Want to volunteer? Contact them at 393-BANK(2265) or through their website, www.whitehorsefoodbank.ca. Volunteers are always needed and summer is a particularly challenging time, with many volunteers away.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our fund and food drive. We want to extend our gratitude to the folks at Superstore too; they added $200 to our shopping budget and waived a bulk order fee allowing us to spend all the donated funds on much needed food. In all, Locals Y010, Y011, Y023, Y017 and Y024 and Y034 made donations which, when matched by YEU totalled $6500. Thanks everyone!


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CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! Y010 & YEU’s Whitehorse Food Bank Challenge!

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The Whitehorse Food Bank is in dire straits; their shelves are bare and they’re having a hard time meeting the needs of hungry Yukon families. Summer is always a lean time of year for the community organization; demand goes up while the supply of food and cash donations goes down.

Local Y010 President Tammi Sikorski has issued a challenge to all other Locals: Y010 is donating $700 to the Food Bank and they urge other YEU Locals to donate what they can.  Yukon Employees’ Union has offered to match the TOTAL combined donations from all our Locals, hopefully providing a substantial donation.

What can YOU do? Well, we issue a challenge to all our members as well!


SPEND $50 on groceries for the Food Bank, snap a photo and upload it to our Facebook page. Deliver the food & store receipt to the food bank, provide them with your name & address and they will make sure you get a tax receipt at the end of the year. Win-Win!!

This is a great opportunity to give back; let’s show we really do keep UNITY in Community!

This is a photo of what $61.34 can buy;   food bank donation

  • 18 cans of pasta sauce ($1.27 each)
  • 12 cans of chunk tuna  ($1 each)
  • 12 cans of chicken noodle soup ($7.48 case)
  • 12 boxes of macaroni and cheese ($5.98 case)
  • 6 cans of sardines ($1 each)
  • 6 large bags of pasta ($1.17 each)

All items are on the Whitehorse Food Bank’s list of  items most urgently needed at this time.

When all the Locals’ donations have been matched up with YEU’s contribution, we plan a MASSIVE shopping expedition! Join us and show a little YE-Unity! We’ll need helping hands to create a convoy of shopping carts – stocking up, loading up then shelving the food back at the Food Bank’s Alexander Street Location.  We’ll try to go early next Saturday, August 2nd. The more the merrier! We’ll have YEU & PSAC t-shirts for one and all. Please join us!

There are NO prizes except the good feeling that helping brings.  If you feel like making this even bigger, please invite your colleagues, friends and neighbours to do the same. Let’s get everybody shopping, snapping pictures and showing just how much we care. YOU are YEU. Together, we can make a difference!

If you want to join our shopping outing PLEASE contact us ASAP! Call Loralee at 667-2331 or Tammi at 335-1329 or email us and we’ll contact you.

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