Ramadan food drive up and running

Support for local food bank and flood victims

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

The Slave Lake Muslim Society has a food drive each year during Ramadan.
This year it runs from April 23 to May 23. With COVID-19, the rules have changed a bit for donations, but nonperishable food and personal hygiene items are accepted.

During Ramadan, says Slave Lake Mosque Imam Mohamad Salman, the correct greeting is Ramadan Mubarak, which means blessed Ramadan.

Drop-off boxes are at Alimo’s Pizzeria downtown, Shell Gas Station across from Cornerstone mall, and Harold’s Speedee Mart in the northwest.

“The goal is to give our community easier access with longer hours and multiple locations for drop off,” says Salman. “We will be accepting nonperishable items as well as personal hygiene items such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste.

The goal is to help locals in Slave Lake and those affected by the floods in Fort McMurray. At the end of Ramadan (last week of May) we will collaborate with the Friendship center to distribute items collected.”

The Friendship Centre planned to make its first shipment for Fort McMurray flood victims on Friday, May 1.

Since COVID-19, the food bank has many new clients, says Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre executive-director Barb Courtorielle. The food bank should have enough money to get through May. It just received $4,600 in gift cards from the Sobeys winter food drive.

The food bank has also received funds to start offering fresh produce and milk.

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