It may have been a friendly competition between three area food banks but the real winners were those the agencies serve as more than $41,000 worth of food was collected during a recent Food Wars challenge.
The Battlefords District Food and Resource Centre (BRFC) teamed up with Meadow Lake’s Door of Hope campaign and challenged the Prince Albert Food Bank to see which community could raise the most food donations during the Every Plate Full awareness campaign which ran across Canada in May.
In the end, Prince Albert collected over $22,900 worth of food while Meadow Lake and Battlefords agencies raised more than $18,300.
“It was a lot of fun and it may be something we do again in the future,” said Erin Katerynych, BRFC executive director. “It was a tremendous amount of work but this will go a long way to help restock our shelves for the upcoming summer months in both Meadow Lake and here (Battlefords).”
Katerynych acknowledged some generous donations which came in to help them realize their goal in winning the competition.
“We really want to thank Chris Odishaw of Battlefords Furniture who donated $1,000 worth of food to our campaign which really set us up nicely,” she added. “Shortly after that Aaron and Charity from Super A Foods matched the donation which was great.”
She also thanked members of CBI Physical Rehabilitation who held a door-to-door food drive throughout the city and collected over one ton of food.
“It's instances like these that you see how wonderful and giving this community is,” she said. “They always seem to step up when the chips are down.”
Katerynych added if any organization or individual would like to make a donation to BRFC simply drop by their location at 1171 101 St. in North Battleford.
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