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Martensville Food Pantry Continues to Find New Ways to Support Area Residents

by Shanine Sealey

The Martensville Food Pantry, previously known as the Martensville Free Pantry has undergone more than just a name change recently. In addition to this, they have also become incorporated and are currently in the process of obtaining a Registered Charitable status. With the incorporation, there is now five board members from the 15 volunteers involved within various roles in the MFP.

According to Linda Ward, MFP Coordinator/Treasurer, the reason for the name change was to help them become more visible in the area as a food bank. “In talking with people in various settings, we found that many did not know there was a food pantry here,” Ward said.

Hampers are provided to area residents every week, with approximately 15 hampers going out each time serving around 50 adults and children per week, as well as numerous pets that are supplied food by the SPCA. Throughout the holidays, such as Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving, these numbers increase, with this past Easter seeing a total of 37 hampers provided, supporting 62 children and 69 adults. A group of volunteers gets together to package hampers on Wednesdays, which are available for pick-up between 11am and 1pm.

Each hamper include a variety of products including meat, vegetables, pasta and sauce, soup, crackers, cereal, children’s snacks, dairy and eggs when available. All items are provided based on donations, so available products can vary.
Relying on donations means that items can run low at times and currently, the MFP is in need of donations of items such as spaghetti, crushed tomatoes, canned vegetables and fruit, rice, instant potatoes, pork and beans, soda crackers, cereal and other non-perishable items.

In addition to the food hampers, there is also an area within the hallway of the Martensville Civic Centre that has free food available for pick-up. If you or someone you know is in need of a food hamper, call/text (306) 280-1255, email martensvillefoodpantry@gmail.com, or message them via Facebook at ‘Martensville Food Pantry’.

Future plans for the MFP include support for seniors and a pet food drive with the SPCA. “It has come to our attention that a number of seniors have a need for food security; however, they have no transportation. In the fall we will start-up a delivery service for seniors on a temporary basis,” Ward added.

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