Pack the Cruiser helps Regina Meals Financial institution cope with summer time wants

The Regina Food Bank sees an increased demand for their services in the summer but fewer donations.

So the Food Bank partnered with the RCMP Academy and Regina Police Service (RPS) for the second annual Pack The Cruiser event. The focus of the event, as the name implies, is to pack a police cruiser full of food that is then donated to the Food Bank.

“It really helps us through the summer months. Hunger never takes a vacation,” said Shelley Armbruster, community engagement coordinator with the Regina Food Bank.

Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter are when most people donate, but in the summer with children out of school Armbruster said families are under more strain to provide meals for their children.

“In the summertime people don’t even think about it,” said Armbruster. “This will carry us through until the middle of summer to the end of summer.”

8,500 to 10,000 people rely on the Food Bank each month, says Shelley Armbruster. (Alec Salloum/CBC Saskatchewan)

8,500 to 10,000 people rely on the Food Bank each month, and 47 per cent are children.

Const. Mitch Wiebe with RPS said he felt the event was a way for the police to be more approachable and to give the community a chance to interact with them.

“Our biggest thing is we want to community to know we’re here to help and give back,” said Wiebe.

Early on Sunday roughly 900 kg of food had been donated to the program.

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