Saskatoon, SK – Members of the Saskatoon Blades along with corporate partners, PotashCorp, were on hand Tuesday morning at the Saskatoon Food Bank to present a cheque as a result of funds raised from the Blades’ “I Love Saskatchewan” night in January.
The Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre (SFBLC) saw 22,000 people in March, setting a new single-month record.
“This is not the kind of record we want to set but it is the reality we’re facing. It’s a reflection of the economy and the struggle that many are facing in our community,” says SFBLC Executive Director, Laurie O’Connor.
“This is a difficult time of the year when our resources are stretched and our inventory from Christmas has depleted,” O’Connor adds. “Right now we’re gearing up for our City Wide Food Drive, which takes place on May 6th, to build our food supply as we head into the challenging summer months.”
Fortunately, some help came today from the Saskatoon Blades and PotashCorp. The two partnered to stage the “I Love Saskatchewan” Blades game earlier in the season. The players sported jerseys designed by Hardpressed Print Studio that were auctioned at the game. The sale generated almost $7,000 for the Food Bank.
“We’re fortunate to play a popular sport and have a great partner like PotashCorp. That combination gives us the opportunity to leverage our game for the greater good in the community. We are humbled to be able to help the less fortunate who need the Food Bank,” says Blades Head Coach Dean Brockman.
“We have developed great partnerships with both the Food Bank and the Blades,” says Rhonda Speiss, PotashCorp’s Manager of Community Investment. “While we work to help farmers all over the world increase food production, supporting local food agencies is one of the key goals of our Community Investment Program. When we team up with partners, the impact is that much greater.”
The Saskatoon Blades would like to thank PotashCorp for their partnership in this endeavour, and all of our fans and members of the community for contributing to this worthwhile cause.
To find out how you can help & donate to the Saskatoon Food Bank, visit www.saskatoonfoodbank.org