Moose Jaw buys in to I Bought Lunch campaign

Justin Crann
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$53,000 raised for Hunger in Moose Jaw

Times-Herald employees Lindsay Greer, Nicole Bellrose, and Mandy Eirich showcase the "I Bought Lunch" donation wall at the Times-Herald office. The newspaper was one of a myriad of businesses to participate in the fundraiser.

Hunger in Moose Jaw has announced that it’s second annual I Bought Lunch campaign raised an impressive $53,000 for the organization.

“A great deal of (the money raised) was personal donations, but there were some corporate donations as well ... we had a lot of support from the business community,” said Carol Acton, executive director of the organization. “The corporate donations made huge differences, but there were just so many (individual) donations ... I can’t even begin to count.”

Hunger in Moose Jaw uses the money raised in the I Bought Lunch campaign to help fund it’s efforts to feed kids in need within the Moose Jaw community. Each meal costs $1, and the charity feeds up to 300 children.

“We make 50,000 to 60,000 lunches a year, so it doesn’t cover the whole cost, but it covers the cost of the food,” said Acton. “It’s remarkable that the community would support us to that degree, and to pay for the food for those lunches is life-saving.”

Acton said individual donations ranged in value from $1 or $2 to upwards of $500, and came from an equally variable range of community members.

“It’s just hard to express what a broad cross-section of the community was included in this. We’re just amazed and appreciate it so much,” said Acton. “Of course, that broad base of support is just absolutely priceless for us to have — for people in the community to care that much is priceless.”

For more on this story, pick up tomorrow's Times-Herald.

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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