Castor Foodbank continues to serve despite pandemic concerns

“We’re being as safe as we possibly can”

Castor Foodbank Update

By Kevin J. Sabo

For the Advance

So far things are more or less business as usual for the Castor Foodbank

Castor’s Foodbank has not yet seen an increase in demand due to the Covid-19 pandemic affecting all corners of the world.

“It’s still just the regulars every two months,” said Castor Foodbank organizer Sue Goodkey.

With the threat of the pandemic, Goodkey has made some changes to the way hampers are handled. She drives the hampers to the homes of the clients and pops her trunk, and the clients come and remove the items themselves, with no actual contact between the clients or herself. In addition, she wears gloves, mask, and practices regular hand-hygiene.

“We’re being as safe as we possibly can,” said Goodkey.

As far as donations go, Goodkey emptied the boxes at both the town grocery stores before the onset of the pandemic and isn’t expecting any more “for a while.”

“People need to look after themselves,” said Goodkey.

Food donations aside, the Castor Foodbank is doing okay financially thanks to an in-flux of cash donations over the holiday season and has enough funds to continue operating for a while.

The Castor Foodbank can be accessed by clients on an ‘every-other-month’ basis, and Goodkey describes the hampers as being a good size to be able to provide a ‘helping-hand-up.’

In order to arrange for a foodbank hamper, a message can be left for Goodkey at (403) 882-2115.

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