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Lethbridge Food Bank gets $300,000 for school nutrition program support

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Nine non-profit groups in Alberta, including the Lethbridge Food Bank, are sharing in 3 million dollars from the Alberta government to provide additional food assistance for vulnerable K-12 students and families in response to COVID-19.

All the organizations have extensive experience serving their communities. That includes $300,000 going to the Lethbridge Food Bank.

School boards are encouraged to find innovative ways to provide meals or food to students while in-school classes are cancelled.

Allison Pike of Lethbridge is the Executive Director of the Alberta School Councils’ Association. She says they are pleased students in need will continue to receive nutrition support while learning at home. “Families will be relieved to know funding will go to local school boards and non-profits in their communities, to best address vulnerable students during this pandemic.”

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Some school authorities have developed ways to continue providing food assistance, and many others are planning for alternative arrangements. Those who are unable to continue their school nutrition program must direct their remaining funds to non-profits able to serve vulnerable students in their communities during this pandemic.

This total of $3 million in new funding is on top of $15.5 million for the provincial school nutrition program.

Non-profits receiving funding

  • e4c – Edmonton: $375,000
  • Hope Mission – Edmonton and area: $375,000
  • Calgary Meals on Wheels: $375,000
  • Brown Bagging for Calgary: $375,000
  • Breakfast Club of Canada – Fort McMurray and area: $300,000
  • Salvation Army – Grande Prairie and area: $300,000
  • Lethbridge Food Bank: $300,000
  • Medicine Hat and District Food Bank: $300,000
  • The Mustard Seed Red Deer – Central Alberta: $300,000
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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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