By Stan Ashbee
According to the Taber Food Bank, the Coldest Night of the Year 2021, will not be going ahead. “We hope to see you in 2022,” it was stated in a newsletter submitted to the Taber Times. “While unable to host the event, the Taber Food Bank will still be accepting donations. “We are deeply appreciative of the support of our community and would like to express our thanks.”
Taber Food Bank is also looking for a volunteer or two that can come in one or two days a week on a regular basis and work four to six hours each of those days. “They need to be able to lift 50 pounds repeatedly, help with food handling and sorting and assist clients,” it was also noted in the recent newsletter. For more information contact the food bank at 403-223-1833.
Did you know in December 2020, the Taber Food Bank had 21 volunteers serve a total of 372 hours, handed out 120 Christmas hampers and gave out over 522 litres of milk. Between regular and Christmas hampers, the food bank handed out 14,644.50 pounds of food (plus pick shelf usage).
Each month the food bank has been highlighting some of its board members, volunteers and staff that each play a vital role in enabling the operations of the food bank.
This month’s focus is on Michelle Koersen. Michelle is currently a part-time staff member, working on fund development.
Michelle grew up and went to school in Taber. After graduation, Michelle headed to Vancouver Island to attend university at the University of Victoria and is now in the fourth and final year of studies in a commerce program.
“This year things looked very different for many people. For me, that meant attending classes online from the basement of my parents’ house in the town I grew up in. Although this was not totally what I had imagined my last year of university would look like, it has given me the opportunity to work for the Taber Food Bank again, spend more time with my family, learn to make sourdough and swap the costal rain of the Island for some southern Alberta sun,” Michelle noted.
In the summer of 2018, after Michelle’s first year of university, Koersen worked for the food bank, as a summer student. “I really enjoyed that position, doing everything from office admin to helping in the community garden. This time around, I was hired to work on fund development. Primarily searching and applying for grants and I have been doing that part-time since June of 2020.”
“I think the work the Taber Food Bank does in the community is incredibly important and valuable. I met so many amazing people and that is why when there was an opportunity to work at the food bank again, I could not pass,” Michelle added.