Last year, Moose Jaw brought in over 45,000 pounds of food for Farm Credit Canada’s (FCC) Drive Away Hunger campaign.
Last month Farm Credit Canada (FCC) hosted a barbeque lunch in Prince Albert to raise money for the FCC Drive Away Hunger campaign. They will be in Moose Jaw on Oct. 16. Photo courtesy FCC
District director Brent Bender is hoping to see this year’s donations in the Friendly City exceed that mark.
“Last year the Moose Jaw community was fantastic,” said Bender.
“Drive Away Hunger is our flagship community investment program for Farm Credit Canada. We just feel that it's really important to look after all the people who don't have food, plus it's a good opportunity for the community to get together and collect some food because it is quite a problem across the country.”
According to Bender, at least 20 stops throughout Moose Jaw are already planned when the FCC tractors and trailers roll into town on Wednesday. Twelve schools and a number of local businesses are also on board with the Drive Away Hunger mini tour stop.
The tour will also feature stops in Weyburn on Oct. 15 and Assiniboia on Oct. 17.
Bender said FCC is looking for any non-perishable food items, such as canned products and pasta. Cash donations are also welcome.
It’s going to be a busy day for FCC employees and the big drive will conclude at Mosaic Place for the Moose Jaw Warriors game against the Brandon Wheat Kings that night. Their tractors and trailers will be found on the east side of Mosaic Place.
“We are going to be handing out the bags at the Monday hockey game, when the Warriors are playing Saskatoon,” said Bender. “So after that game we will have FCC employees at all of the exits handing out our collection bags.”
He noted that the collection bags would list the types of goods the Moose Jaw & District Food Bank is looking for. Bender added that he hopes to see all of the bags returned Wednesday, full of food items.
All of the food items collected on Oct. 16 will be used to stock the shelves of our local food bank. This is important because, according to Bender, 25,000 Saskatchewanians use food banks every month, half of which are children.
This is the 10th year FCC has run the program, which has previously collected upwards of 11 million pounds of food.
“Last year we were over the three million pounds of food collected. This year alone our goal is five million pounds of food,” said Bender.
“We've got a pretty hefty goal that we are pretty comfortable and confident that we are going to meet this year. I'm sure the community of Moose Jaw will bring in that 45,000 lbs. of food again — and more."
Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks.