Food Bank trying to reach out to rural communities

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Food Bank trying to reach out to rural communities

Rural residents struggling to make ends meet in remote hamlets across Wood Buffalo may benefit from a new outreach program.

Fort McMurray Food Bank Executive Director Arianna Johnson says she's seeking corporate funding for a mobile pantry initiative, which could get underway in the New Year.
"We're going to run a six-month pilot where we will once a month ho out to one of the rural areas and we will do appointments in the rural areas. Lots of times the people from Conklin, Janvier, Anzac and Fort McKay, places like that, they have transportation issues," said Johnson.
Those issues can led to missed appointments as the Fort McMurray Food Bank serves its clients through scheduled times for privacy reasons.
Pending the required funding, the outreach may start in 2012.
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