Drive away hunger hits region in support of local food banks

Dozens attended the South East Helping Hands Food Drive kick off on September 14. 


By Marianne Curtis

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 14, Farm Credit Corporation (FCC) in Steinbach hosted the Drive Away Hunger Kick off Barbeque and Palmlite hosted a pie eating contest.

According to Pam Desrochers from Farm Credit Canada, Steinbach the pie eating contest raised $4,885 and the barbeque raised $1,667. For every $1 raised during the drive, 2 lbs of food can be purchased for the food bank.

“We have raised ten’s of thousands of pounds of food for the area over the past few years and this year is shaping up to be another successful year with already over $6,500 raised,” stated Desrochers.

Desrochers says that while the two events have been successful, the group is looking forward to two more events which take place in October. On October 10 the Steinbach and area youth groups will be going door to door to ask for food donations. On October 11 the Farm Credit Corperation will be going to the schools that are participating in the Drive Away Hunger Campaign to pick up food and deliver it to the local food banks.

“The success of the food drive is largely attributed to the youth group and schools who participate each year so we would like to thank them in advance for all their assistance again this year,” added Desrochers.

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.

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