My name is Sergio, I’m from Columbia but I grew up in Mississauga. It’s hard when you first come to a new country and the food bank really helped my family. There were people that would welcome you and they didn’t make you feel like you should be ashamed for asking for help, it was always a very welcoming environment.

For the first few years around Christmas time, we would get gifts from Eden Food for Change. One of our first toys was a soccer ball because my brother and I loved to play a lot of soccer when we were very little. Eden Food for Change was always a super friendly place. My parents would pick out the food and then the volunteers would always help us pack it and bring it to the bus stop  Once we had a car, they would help us bring it into the car so we could make our way. It was always a welcoming and very nice environment.

I own a construction company now and just bought a home in December. My family is doing very well, we couldn’t be more blessed and are super thankful. This past Christmas, I was able to make a donation of 50 turkeys just to give back to the food bank. The very place that once helped us. I wanted to give back to them so that we could help more people in our community.

Once you receive help and you made it out to the other end, it’s good to give back because you never know whose life you are going to impact. I don’t know if my family would be in the same spot right now if we never had the first moments of being helped at the food bank when arriving in Canada.

Thank you Sergio for sharing your touching journey with us!

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We are returning to a grocery store model on Tuesday, February 7th at our Unity location and Monday, February 13th at our Battleford location. This means that you will be able to choose your own items from our shelves.

SPECIAL THANK YOU TO HARRY PEDWELL As many of you are aware, Harry Pedwell has been a board member at Eden since 2016 and served as President of the Board since 2019. On short notice, Harry resigned from the board this fall to fulfill an obligation in his role as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces. He is currently deployed as part of a non-combat mission with NATO in Iraq. Harry provided steady leadership at the board level during evolving and often challenging times over the last couple of years. We want to thank Harry not only for his greater service to Canadians but his dedication and commitment to Eden. We look forward to welcoming Harry back into the Eden community upon his safe return.

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