Food For All

South East Helping Hands in Steinbach, MB

South East Helping Hands Van

Our Mission: South East Helping Hands is a non-profit organization that relies solely on the generosity of our community. While we are not able to completely replace grocery shopping needs, we are here to give you a helping hand.

Our History

The Food Bank began in 1980. Originally operated out of the Steinbach Lions Club, the Food Bank was born due to community need- a young mother had approached the Club asking for help. The Lions Club formed a committee to address the need, and that mother received the first ever food hamper.

The committee officially became South East Helping Hands in 1986. Back then, we were helping 10 to 15 families biweekly. Today, we help up to 400 bi-weekly, and have since received the Governor General’s Award in 2010. Hank received the award on behalf of the food bank.

South East Helping Hands is completely independently run, relying 100% on donations, with no government funding or interference.

The South East Helping Hands Team

Hank Klassen

Hank Klassen

Board Chairman

Hank and his wife have been married since 1963. As a founding member, Hank has been around since day one, and has been a Lions Club member for just as long.

Prior to South East Helping Hands, Hank worked in automotive mechanics and furniture upholstery.

Ken Dyck

Ken Dyck

Operations Manager

Ken and his wife have been married since 1977 and he has spent most of his career working in furniture sales. Ken has been involved with the food bank since 2005, and has held the title of Operations Manager since 2021. Ken has volunteered with the Lions Club since 2008.

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