FCC’s Drive Away Hunger campaign has collected more than 500 pounds of food for the Killarney Food Bank.
Lakeside Christian School students collected 216 pounds of food and students at Killarney School students gathered up 318 pounds for this year’s program.
On Wednesday staff from FCC stopped by Killarney’s two schools to pick up food students had been collecting over the past several weeks. The first stop was Lakeside Christian School. “Every year we pick a number of community events that we want to support and FCC’s Drive Away Hunger is one of them that we feel is very important” said Lakeside Christian Principal Nancy Reimer.
Reimer says students are asked to bring in food items to support the food bank and those in the area that are less fortunate and in need of food. “We just want to share God’s blessings with others.”
FCC’s Drive Away Hunger Campaign has collected thousands of pounds of food since the program started back in 2004.
“Every year we do the Drive Away Hunger Campaign to raise awareness to food banks and the need out there and we partner with many different businesses and farmers and of course work with the schools to give back to all the local food banks” said FCC’s Jim Bambridge.
Bambridge told students on Wednesday the need for food is great. “Across Canada there are 860,000 people using a food bank every month and about 36% of those are children.
Between Killarney School and Lakeside Christian School students collected 534 pounds of food that was immediately delivered and placed on the shelves at the Killarney Food Bank. “Programs like this are beneficial because it is proven that kids feel they are more connected to their community when they are generous and learn to give back. That’s a part of being in school and being a good Christian" said Reimer.
Bambridge and other FCC workers will be busy for the rest of this week collecting food from schools in Brandon and it is all in conjunction with National Food Day that falls on October 16th.