There will be no shortage of supplies at local food banks thanks to this year’s We Scare Hunger Campaign.
Melody Motors in Melfort ran the campaign for five years now, with a dozen schools in the North East and four hockey teams getting on board this year. Melody Motors Marketing Manager Rebbeca Levick said the initiative grew to include schools in Melfort, Nipawin, Tisdale, Hudson Bay and surrounding communities.
“All of the food stays local in those communities, so we’ve made donations to the Salvation Army food banks in Nipawin and Tisdale, the food bank here in Melfort and the food bank in Hudson and Bay and then the Porcupine School keeps all of their food for Christmas donations,” Levick said.
Levick said the efforts from each partner has helped to really amp up the campaign.
“We have actually surpassed our goal of 8,000 pounds and we’ve collected 10,112 pounds of food,” Levick said. “It’s such a huge help for our small food banks.”
In total, the campaign brought in almost 3,000 pounds of food for the Melfort Food Bank which will help the food bank with the Christmas time rush.
All partnered schools participate in the Hunger Heroes challenge each year according to Levick. Last year’s winner was Wagner Elementary in Nipawin, collecting 4.6 pounds of food per student.
“We are in the final steps of determining the winner of the Hunger Heroes Trophy for 2018,” Levick said.
On top of the campaign donations, the Melfort Food Bank also received 1,039 pounds of potatoes from Heavin Farms which is an annual donation.
Manager of the Melfort food bank Cec Berggren said these donations will hopefully last until the new year but January is another busy time.
“The families spend money on their children at Christmas so by the time January rolls around they are low on cash and so we are quite busy in January,” Berggren said.
The food bank in Melfort is open every second Thursday afternoon for clients and for food donations.