The Battlefords District Food and Resource Centre is receiving additional support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’ve gotten a lot of cash donations,” Battlefords District Food and Resource Centre executive director Erin Katerynych said. “There’s been people that have been coming in and just dropping off food. Different businesses and groups have stepped up and have offered help and assistance.”

Katerynych says the food bank doesn’t want any more volunteers at the moment but financial support is needed.

Only five people are currently allowed in the building at a time.

“We are seeing a lot of new people,” Katerynych said. “We expect to get busy. We are extending our hours. Our food bank is open Monday to Friday from 9:15 a.m. until noon, then after that our front door is locked but we are in the building. We are just taking donations through the back door.”

The Gold Eagle Casino made a large donation to the Battlefords District Food and Resource Centre.

“When they closed their kitchen, they brought us all of the perishable food and stuff that they were no longer using,” Katerynych said. “We got over 1,000 pounds of food from the restaurant there which is super awesome.”

The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority temporarily suspended all operations at their casinos last week.

The Northern Lights Casino also gave all their perishable food to the Prince Albert Food Bank after the closure.

(Photo courtesy of the Battlefords District Food and Resource Centre Facebook page.)