Apr
07
2020
YMM
News

Local Realtors Have a Game Plan to Support the Food Bank

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Tom and Breanna Albrecht are a well-known local couple. While their claim to fame is being the A-Team, Remax realtors – their community support has always been noticeable. Recently, the Albrechts wrapped up the first portion of “The Game Plan,” a video series to help keep the community motivated and entertained during the COVID-19 self-isolation while supporting the Wood Buffalo Food Bank Association (WBFB) as well. 

The episodes were broadcast daily on the A-Team’s Facebook and Instagram pages of the same name, and garnered thousands of views.

“We shared our knowledge about being productive while working from home. I’ve shared some hints and tips from my own life about overcoming addiction. We've got a lot of lighter things planned too, things like a group 'paint night' event. We'll have experts come in to help people meditate, etc.,” noted Tom Albrecht.

"It was hard to see Fort McMurray struggling again because we've been through so much in the last few years and recovery was just beginning,” added Breanna.

“But we know how united and tough this town is, and it's already been amazing to see people rally together to support seniors and the vulnerable. The Food Bank is the most incredible cause and I'm certain we will fill their shelves once again,” she continued.

Indeed, the WBFB has been feeling the COVID-19 pandemic ramifications and has been relying extra on community support to fill the depleted shelves.

“Thanks to the A-Team and their awareness campaign we were able to connect with The Keg, who donated 458 lbs., of leftover items that they couldn’t use, which was incredible,” enthused, Anna Noble, Communications & Development Manager, Wood Buffalo Food Bank Association.

“This led to other food establishments giving us their items while they prepared to temporarily shut down as well. We received donations from Starbucks, MacDonald Island Park, Original Joe’s, and Keyano College bringing the total to just over 4500 lbs. Not only did it ensure no food went to waste, but it also enabled us to bulk up our hampers with some fresh items that we normally wouldn't get and bring down our food costs for a couple weeks,” she shared.

 “With the postponement of our second largest foodraiser of the year and the anticipated increase in need as we move forward, keeping donations coming in is extremely important,” reminded Dan Edwards, Executive Director of the Wood Buffalo Food Bank in a news release.

“Food and monetary donations are greatly appreciated, and our current needs list is shared daily on social media. We have already shown that we are a strong community, and we will get through this together. Anyone who needs assistance is encouraged to reach out to us,” Edwards said

Stay tuned for future episodes of “The Game Plan.”

Donations can be made online through the Wood Buffalo Food Bank’s website, which has just launched an inaugural virtual food drive: https://woodbuffalofoodbank.com/donations.

KIRAN MALIK-KHAN

Kiran Malik-Khan is the Communications Manager for the Fort McMurray Public School District, and national award-winning communications professional. She is a freelance journalist, a communications professional, and a poet. She loves sharing stories about unique people, events, and organizations. Kiran is the co-founder and volunteer public relations director for NorthWord magazine, Fort McMurray's first and only literary magazine. She is also the President/Co-founder of World Hijab Day Fort McMurray. A proud Pakistani-Canadian who grew up in New Jersey, she is a fierce advocate of Fort McMurray, multiculturalism, women's rights, and equality for all. Got a story nobody is telling? Send her ideas: DM and follow on Twitter @KiranMK0822.

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