December’s Burger of the Month – the “SANNA” Burger, created in collaboration with local guest chef “Buddy Elf”. $4 from every burger sold is going directly to Lacombe FCSS’s Fill a Fridge program thanks to Echo Lacombe Association matching our donation, with a total of $5,000 turned over on December 2, 2019. (Submitted by Cilantro and Chive)

Cilantro and Chive supports Lacombe FCSS Fill-A-Fridge

221 households receive $50,400 in grocery certificates through FCSS program last year

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Cilanto and Chive’s December guest chef was keen to see proceeds from his Christmas dinner inspired burger support a program that embodies the spirit of the holidays; Lacombe and District FCSS’s Fill a Fridge.

Light up the Night celebrations in Lacombe just wouldn’t be complete without Guy Lapointe “Buddy Elf”, so it was fitting that this community champion helped create the “SANNA!!” burger. Turkey burger, maple bacon, house-made stuffing, maple sweet potato discs, 2 strips of bacon, sage aioli, cranberry sauce on a brioche bun and garnished with a candy cane.

FCSS’s Fill a Fridge program provides the gift of holiday groceries to families in need in Lacombe and area. In 2018 they provided $50,400 in grocery certificates to a total of 221 households, feeding 326 adults and 293 children. The program is unique in that it allows families to purchase their own food items and make choices that work for their family.

The Burger of the Month program sees $2 from every burger sold going directly to our guest chef’s charity of choice. This will still be the case, but given the time sensitive nature of the Fill a Fridge program Cilanto and Chive is happy to provide funds up front and are thrilled our friends at Echo Lacombe Association have stepped up to match Cilanto and Chive’s donation.

Together today they delivered $5,000.

President of Echo Lacombe Association Jared Reich says “Echo Energy is proud to team up with Cilantro and Chive to help Lacombe & District FCSS get food on the tables of families in need. Our core goal is to give back to the community in engaging and meaningful ways, so we’re very happy to match Cilantro and Chive’s donation from the “SANNA!!” burger proceeds”.

Guest Chef Lapointe loves the giving spirit of the holidays and says “Fill a Fridge is all about helping Lacombe friends and neighbours share in the festive season. This fun collaboration between Cilantro and Chive and Echo Lacombe allows everyone to stuff themselves while helping others in need to do the same this Christmas”.

Cilantro and Chive said they are blessed with the best guests who get behind our Burger of the Month program month after month, allowing them the opportunity to give back over $60,000 to local charities over the past 35 months.

-Submitted by Cilantro and Chive

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