Cochrane's Helping Hands Society is hoping every house hold in Cochrane can donate one bag of non perishables for the bi-annual food drive.

Jackie Shier, Helping Hands Society, Executive Director says the food drive is happening earlier this fall to help with increased demand.

"Right now the shelves are emptying out. They are seeing an increased need for nut free school snacks, rice, oatmeal, and always protein based meals."

The past spring food drive collected approximately 900 boxes of food and Shier would love to see that number go up.

"We would like to surpass that if possible as demand is going up."

Helping Hands Society sees typically 1 in every 3 residences donate and the goal is to see that number increase to 1 out of every 2. With hard economic times, Shier says, Cochranites are still willing to give.

"We haven't seen donations go down which is great, we have seen need go up. Cochrane is a very generous community and we are grateful for anything they give."

Since Helping Hands collects for the area the Cochrane Food Bank services, they are still looking for assistance from of the smaller communities outside of Cochrane.

"In Bragg Creek we've got some people come on board, Redwood Meadows, and some of the smaller areas in Springbank. We would still love to have some help from people who live north of Cochrane, in the Westbrook area and also the Bearspaw area."

Shier reminds residents to make sure expiry dates are still valid before placing your donation on the doorstep by 10 am, Saturday September 17.

If you have time to help the fall food drive, especially with pick ups, you can contact Shier at



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