Col­lect­ing food

The Sudbury Star - - NEWS -

Stu­dents in Rain­bow schools in Sud­bury, Es­panola and on Man­i­toulin Is­land will can­vass their neigh­bour­hoods for non-per­ish­able food items for their lo­cal food banks on Nov. 30. This is the fourth an­nual Rain­bow Kids Help­ing Kids Day, which is part of the Rain­bow District School Board’s an­nual ef­forts to sup­port the Kids Help­ing Kids Christ­mas Food Drive in mem­ory of Edgar Bur­ton. “Last year, our goal for Rain­bow schools was to col­lect 250,000 food items,” Norm Blaseg, di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion, said. “We sur­passed this to­tal and col­lected 257,948 items. A to­tal of $35,515 in mon­e­tary do­na­tions con­trib­uted to this im­pres­sive to­tal. “This year, our goal is to col­lect a to­tal of 257,949, which is one more can than last year. It has be­come an an­nual tra­di­tion for Rain­bow schools to sup­port Edgar Bur­ton’s vi­sion to help in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies in the com­mu­ni­ties that we serve. Cash do­na­tions are also wel­come. Each dol­lar do­nated is equiv­a­lent to six food items for the Sud­bury Food Bank.” Rain­bow schools have been awarded the Kids Help­ing Kids torch for most food items col­lected six times over the past eight years. Carl A. Nesbitt Pub­lic School brought in more than 30,000 food items in 2016 and will be awarded the first place torch at this year’s Edgar Bur­ton Christ­mas Food Drive kick-off event. In the event of bad weather, the can­vass will take place Dec. 1.

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