The South East Helping Hands Food Drive is well under way following the Palmlite Pie Eating Contest and the Farm Credit Canada BBQ recently.
On September 23, Farm Credit Corporation (FCC) hosted the Drive Away Hunger Kick off Barbeque and Palmlite hosted a pie eating contest.
For every $1 raised during the drive, 2 lbs of food can be purchased for the food bank.
According to Wade Nerbas, from FCC, the BBQ and donations at the event amounted to 5,620 lbs of food for the food bank. The Palmlite Pie Eating contest raised 10,504 lbs of food. In addition another 190 lbs was donated at the event for a grand total of 16,314 lbs.
The kickoff barbeque officially launched a major food drive initiative which is expected to help prepare the local food bank for a busy couple of month. Two more major food drives are planned for the coming month. On October 12and 13 food can be dropped off throughout the day.
There are two main locations where donations of cash or food can be dropped off. Donations can be left at either the FCC Office at 330 PTH #12 North or Southeast Helping Hands food bank on Main Street in Steinbach.
Dozens attended the South East Helping Hands Food Drive kick off on September 23.