Food bank fundraiser brings more than 39,000 lbs. of food; spring demand expected to grow

A weekend food bank drive brought in $13,742 in donations and 39,925 lbs. of food, or about the same weight as a Diversified X345 bus.

The weekend call for donations at every grocery store in Fort McMurray, as well as Walmart and the Anzac Grocery store, fell short of the campaign’s goals for 40,000 lbs of food and $25,000 in donations.

However, Executive Director Dan Edwards said the shortfall was not a concern for the organization thanks to a Facebook photo that went viral in March.

“Over the past month, we had a large increase in donations due to a viral post of an empty shelf, so we know that our community has already been giving so much lately,” he said on Monday. “We are not worried about not having met our goals, because we know that we have such a large support base in the region.”

Demand for the Wood Buffalo Food Bank has been increasing, said Edwards, but remains consistent.

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Original source: Fort McMurray Today