City schools team up to help Drive Away Hunger

Lethbridge Herald - - HOMETOWN NEWS - Nick Kuhl LETH­BRIDGE HER­ALD

Nine city schools had been col­lect­ing food items for the past sev­eral weeks.

Thurs­day, they were able to see the fruits of their labours.

Vol­un­teers from Farm Credit Canada were busy Thurs­day af­ter­noon un­load­ing trail­ers at the In­ter­faith Food Bank fol­low­ing a bar­be­cue event and the cul­mi­na­tion of this year’s Drive Away Hunger event.

“We had three trac­tors trav­el­ling to all parts of the city to­day,” Steven Har­ris, district di­rec­tor for Farm Credit Canada, said Thurs­day af­ter vol­un­teers un­loaded the fi­nal bags.

“We haven’t weighed all the food yet, so we’ll be tal­ly­ing that up later in the week. But it’s an ab­so­lute suc­cess. FCC is work­ing to con­nect our cus­tomers, who are in­volved in pro­duc­ing food, with the neigh­bour­hoods and com­mu­ni­ties that need food through food banks.”

Drive Away Hunger be­gan in 2004 as a fol­low up to one On­tario man’s idea. It has since evolved around the coun­try.

“We adopted it as our main fundrais­ing ac­tiv­ity to sup­port the com­mu­ni­ties we live in across Canada,” Har­ris said,

“We had a record year last year and we are try­ing to do that again. There’s 860,000 peo­ple in Canada that rely on the food banks ev­ery year, about a third of those are chil­dren. So the im­por­tance is we’re see­ing the need for the food.”

“This is re­ally ex­cit­ing,” said Danielle McIn­tyre, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for the In­ter­faith Food Bank.

“Farm Credit Canada Drive Away Hunger is not only a food drive, it’s a food drive that in­spires peo­ple to get in­volved in what we’re do­ing. It’s en­gag­ing a lot of our youth and in­spir­ing them that there is some­thing they can do to help ad­dress hunger in their com­mu­nity.”

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Her­ald photo by Nick Kuhl

Vol­un­teers from Farm Credit Canada un­load bags of do­nated food at the In­ter­faith Food Bank Thurs­day af­ter­noon, af­ter us­ing trac­tors to col­lect items from lo­cal schools as part of this year’s Drive Away Hunger event. @NKuh­lHer­ald

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