At the end of October Hunger in Moose Jaw kicked off its second annual “I Bought Lunch” campaign.
The original goal was to raise $50,000, for 50,000 lunches, in 50 days. Although the community group didn’t quite reach its initial goal, campaign coordinator Lauren Stennett said everyone was extremely pleased with the final total.
“We ended up raising around $35,500, which is great. That means 35,500 meals for our Child Nutrition Program.”
At this time Hunger in Moose Jaw is providing lunch to approximately 275 school age children around the city, at a cost of $1 per meal.
“Although it isn’t $50,000 it is an amazing 35,000 meals we will be able to provide.”
Stennett said the entire campaign wouldn’t have even been possible without the help, generosity and support of the community.
“We had a lot of people come together to make this possible. Businesses would hold mini-fundraisers, pancake breakfasts, we had a school hold a pyjama day and all the money raised was matched by the schools Student Community Council and other businesses held casual Fridays.”
She said a couple businesses like; Yara Belle Plain, Wal-Mart, CP Rail and Winmar really came through with donations ranging from $5,000 to $1,000.
She said some individuals also came through in a big way collecting upwards of $1,000.
“It really is amazing to see how many people came together for this.”