© Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
The food pile stands tall as the last of the volunteers came back from canvassing items for the Moose Jaw and District Food Bank during the seventh annual Better Together Food Drive on Wednesday.
The Better Together Food Drive set a record for items collected.
Cam Lewis, an organizer for the drive, said the seventh annual drive that took place Halloween night collected a record-breaking 56,200 pounds of food for the Moose Jaw and District Food Bank.
Last year, the drive collected 55,000 pounds of food.
“It’s amazing,” said Lewis. “We’re really blessed.”
He added that the numbers are particularly impressive considering the recent Farm Credit Canada (FCC) Drive Away Hunger campaign. The FCC drive that took place two weeks ago raised more than 16,000 pounds of food. Combined, the two drives raised more than 72,000 pounds of food in two weeks.
“Seven years in a row we’ve managed to better our previous results. So that’s always good, too,” said Lewis. “It still keeps growing and that’s exciting.”
He said for anyone who wants to donate food, they can bring items to the food bank.
For Lewis, the 440 volunteers and the giving citizens was what made the drive another success.
“We couldn’t have done it without them,” said Lewis. “(It was) just a fantastic turnout for volunteers.”