The Okotoks Food Bank and Okotoks Dawgs are ready to kick off summer will supporting the Every Plate Full campaign.

The national campaign with Food Banks Canada looks to keep support strong for food banks across the country throughout the summer.

Sheila Hughes, Executive Director of the Okotoks Food Bank, says it's important they keep the momentum going for donations.

"Summer is a really difficult time for most families. They don't have access to school lunch programs, they may have added expenses for child care so it becomes quite a financial stress and we typically see donations drop during the summer just with people being so busy, school being out again, and our donations go down and our need generally goes up."

Hughes says there's a few specific items they're hoping for.

"Canned meals, side dishes and meal helpers, staples like rice, sugar coffee, and although it isn't Christmas, hot chocolate as children really do like it because they're not coffee or tea drinkers. Cake mixes, cereal, personal hygiene items are always in need, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes we're really low on right now. Snack items for kids like proteins, tuna and crackers, cheese and crackers, humus and crackers."

She adds pet food donations are always welcome as well.

Gates to Seaman Stadium open at 5:30 p.m. with the first pitch against the Medicine Hat Mavericks going out at 7:05 p.m.

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