The Battlefords Empty Stocking Fund was originally started by radio station CJNB in the 1950's to solicit goods, services and monetary donations for the purpose of distributing food and gift hampers to needy families in the Battlefords during the Christmas season. We continue to carry on this tradition as a non-profit, registered charity devoted to the Christmas campaign and to operating a year-round community food bank under the name Battlefords District Food and Resource Centre.
We became a non-profit corporation in 2001 and registered charity in June 2003. We have been operating a food bank in the community since Dec. 2003. Our first location was 1092-102nd St. using donated space and in August of 2006 we purchased the Old Fashioned Foods store located at 1171-101st St.
Christmas Hampers: giving Christmas food hampers and toys to families in need.
Food for Kids: giving food to elementary students from food insecure households, every Friday
Milk for Kids: providing fresh milk to families with children
Coats for Kids: the collection of winter clothing for children
Income Tax Preparation: free income tax service for low-income households
Plant a Row Grow a Row: encouraging gardeners in the community to grow a bit extra for the food bank
Fine Option Program: assist individuals with finding a community service opportunity
We uphold the principles of integrity, justice, charity, and compassion, and the dignity of human life. We realize that everyone will be in need at some time, and we commit ourselves to be there to serve. We continue to strive to understand and meet the needs of our donors and clients in the spirit of competence and compassion.
Erin Katerynych - Executive Director
Heather O'Neill - Food Bank Manager
Allen Huckabay- Chairman
Ed Lee- Vice-Chairman
Tracy Clarke- Special Events Chair
Janice Poitras- Secretary
Mike Magnus- Director
James Kwon- Director
CRA Charity # 86169 0931 RR 0001