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September 13, 2004 - SaskEnergy Donation to help Regina Food Bank Programs and Services

September 13, 2004

SaskEnergy Donation to help Regina Food Bank Programs and Services

The Regina and District Food Bank today received a delivery van and a donation of surplus computer equipment from SaskEnergy.

Employees from SaskEnergy Corporate Services, the division which operates the company's vehicle fleet, handed over the keys for a delivery van to Wayne Hellquist, Chief Executive Officer of the Regina and District Food Bank. The 1988 Ford F350 Cube Van, with only 71,000 kilometres in mileage, had been used for delivering equipment such as natural gas meters, but is no longer required.

"SaskEnergy is constantly looking for ways to recycle equipment we no longer use," said Al Elmer, Director, Corporate Services, SaskEnergy. "While our normal process is to auction off surplus vehicles, in this case we were able to help one of our community partners who had approached us, looking for a delivery van better able to support their on-going food donation programs and other services. This is a well-maintained, low-mileage vehicle that will provide them with years of reliable service."

"The van will be used to pick up donations of food from various grocery stores and wholesalers around Regina," said Wayne Hellquist, Chief Executive Officer, Regina and District Food Bank. "This vehicle will supplement our larger cube van and as it will be less costly to operate, it will help reduce our operating costs."

In addition to the van, SaskEnergy's Information Technology Division donated 113 surplus computer monitors and printers. While SaskEnergy leases the majority of its computer equipment, these older printers and monitors were purchased, but are now surplus to the company's information technology requirements.

Hellquist said some of the computer equipment will be used to support the Food Bank's computer teaching lab, with the remainder shared with other agencies requiring updated monitors and printers through the Food Bank's partnership with the In-Kind Centre of Saskatchewan.

For more information, please contact:

Wayne Hellquist
Chief Executive Officer
Regina and District Food Bank
Phone: 306.791.6539
Cell: 306.539.3699
email: wayneh.rfb@sasktel.net
Candace Weimer
Communications Co-ordinator
Phone: 306.777.9048
Cell: 306.537-3565
email: cweimer@saskenergy.com