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Rotary Club of Lacombe holds successful food drive

Drop-off locations were at Sobeys, Lionel’s No Frills, and Central Alberta Co-op

Thanks to the community’s generosity, the Lacombe Rotary Club’s food bank drive on Sept. 7 proved yet another success.

Drop-off locations were at Sobeys, Lionel’s No Frills, and Central Alberta Co-op.

“We were there from about 3 to 7 p.m.,” said Chad Vandervalk, the Club’s president.

“We raised around $850 as well as three pick-up trucks full (of donations).

He said it’s an important time to hold the drive to help local families with back-to-school needs, etc.

Vandervalk noted it was fun to see folks arrive at the stores and not be aware of the food drives, but nonetheless be more than happy to support the cause.

“One thing that I also saw which was really cool was a lot of times when parents bring their kids in, they would have their kids bring the donations to us. It’s a great way to show the kids, ‘We have enough, so we can share with others as well’. That was so good to see.

“We need to look after one another and pass that on to the next generation.’

Currently, the Club is gearing up for ‘A Taste of Lacombe’, coming up on Oct. 27 at the Lacombe Memorial Centre.

“We bring a whole bunch of different craft beer, wine, some liquors as well as some non-alcohol craft sodas, too. And then there will be food vendors as well.

“Drinks are included in the price and you get some tickets for some food. You can also purchase some additional tickets as well.

“It’s a time to get together and celebrate Lacombe,” he said.

Taste of Lacombe is also serving as a fundraiser for the Cranna Lake shelter project that the Club is working on, he said.

“We are actually at the point where we are meeting with the City to discuss actual plans,” he said. The plan is to have a shelter constructed by the lake complete with washrooms and perhaps even a small kitchen.

It will be a warm place for people to put on their skates, and for others to come and spend time watching friends and family out skating on Cranna Lake, for example.

“It would be a multi-use space, with a covered area on the outside, too.”

Meanwhile, doors for Taste of Lacombe open at 6:30 p.m. with the dance scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m.

There will also be a cash bar. With Halloween just around the corner, costumes are encouraged.

This is an 18+ event.

Tickets are $60 each, which includes five food truck tickets. Also, food tickets are $2 each, and drink samples are complimentary.

Tickets are available at


Mark Weber

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I've been a part of the Black Press Media family for about a dozen years now, with stints at the Red Deer Express, the Stettler Independent, and now the Lacombe Express.
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