Essentials for Our Community Essentials for our Community is a new non-profit society that was established to build a greater network for serving those in our community who are in need. The board consists of members who are representative of several local churches, businesses, and community members at large. All donations are used to directly benefit people in Didsbury, AB. Unlike a food bank, we do not distribute food items. Instead, we work in partnership with local business and have established a system of pre-paid cards that people can take for the food and baby items they actually need and use. This reduces waste, work load, and allows for people to get the specific items they most need. We give out; • Grocery cards • Diaper coupons • Gas cards • Hair cuts • Counselling and mentoring. When an individual/family comes for support, we take the time to get to know them, their specific situation and offer not only the cards, but specific support for their individual circumstances. We have seen this approach change lives as people feel safe, open and accepted.