Like many local families, the Okotoks Food Bank is preparing for back to school.

With a new school year right around the corner, the food bank is looking for donations that families can include in their kids' lunches.

Sheila Hughes, Executive Director of the Okotoks Food Bank, says there's a few key items they like to see for donations this time of year.

"Things like single serve soups, protein is very important so things like tuna, humus and crackers, cheese and crackers," she explains, "I know that peanut butter can't go to school but it is a great after school snack. We like the single juice boxes, fruit snacks, dried fruit, granola bars, and even microwave popcorn."

Reflecting back on the summer, Hughes says it's been busy for the organization.

"July was quite busy, we haven't seen a big increase but August is really busy and last August was our busiest month ever, even comparing it to December, that's outside of our Christmas hampers, but August is a very busy month for us and we're booking ahead into the next week for hampers."

Those interested in registering for a food hamper can call the Okotoks Food Bank at (403) 651-6629 or email [email protected]

The food bank will be accepting donations in front of Christ the Redeemer School Division's office on Elizabeth Street at the Okotoks Show and Shine on Aug.19.

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