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Ava Smith from the Humpty Dumpty Day Care works at the Prince Albert Share-A-Meal Food Bank on Tuesday morning.
If many hands make light work, the Prince Albert Share-A-Meal Food Bank receives a little lift every Tuesday.
The youngsters from Humpty Dumpty Day Care, which is across the street from the food bank, walk over every Tuesday morning to lend a hand at the food bank.
Early childhood educator Grace Markowsky says it has proven to be a popular event at Humpty Dumpty.
“We’ve bagged crackers, we’ve bagged oats, we’ve bagged juice crystals, just whatever they have for us to do,” Markowsky said. “It makes the kids feel good. Every Tuesday they’re asking ‘Is it food bank day?’ They really enjoy coming and helping out.”
Four youngsters were portioning oatmeal into bags on Tuesday under the careful eye of three adults. Six or seven children between the ages of five and 10 pitch in from week to week.
“I wanted to have them do something instead of just sit around and play videogames,” Markowsky says.
It’s a familiar sight for Prince Albert Share-A-Meal Food Bank co-manager Wes Clark.
“We do a lot of work with a lot of groups,” he says. “School, in the school season, there’s a lot that come down, not just from P.A. but from some outlying regions. It’s really a traditional thing that we’ve done for many years.”
While some groups help out with the food bank, others actually help cook the meals served to people in need.
Clark says it’s good for the children to be exposed to the food bank and the work it does.
“Just in general it can happen to anyone and it’s a good experience for the kids,” he said.
The program began in early July. With school starting up in three short weeks, Markowsky is hoping to bring some even smaller helpers next month.
“We’re hoping to continue when school starts with some of the younger kids,” Markowsky says. “We’ll have to see.”