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Rooftop food drive collects second place

Save On Foods’ rooftop food drive helped collect 68,000 lbs of food. - Morning Star File Photo
Save On Foods’ rooftop food drive helped collect 68,000 lbs of food.
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Residents of the North Okanagan managed to raise a hefty 68,266 lbs of food for those in need.

Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to win the Vernon food bank a $10,000 prize.

The Village Green Centre recently took part in a competition against 16 other shopping centres (all owned by Bentall Kennedy Canada) across the country to see who could raise the most for their local food bank.

Save On Foods went to extreme heights in the competition with store manager Jim Tennant camping out on the rooftop of the store for a week.

Tennant’s efforts boosted the food drive substantially. Unfortunately the Windsor Crossing mall in Ontario earned the $10,000 grant for its community food bank, as it raised 118,000 lbs of food.

“We came in second, unfortunately there’s no reward for second place,” said David MacBain, Salvation Army community ministries director.

“That’s still huge. I just can’t believe they nearly doubled us,” adds MacBain, thanking the community for its support.

Village Green Centre marketing director Kelly Kedrosky also applauds everyone’s participation.

“It was all for a good cause,” she said.

But there is still a chance for the community to help its local food bank win in another big way.

The Vernon and Enderby food banks are collectively part of the Kraft Food Challenge. Through online votes at www.kraftfoodforfamilies.ca, the food banks could win $5,000. The Armstrong food bank is also competing in the contest.

“Right now we’re in third place,” said MacBain.

Despite having more than 7,000 names, the Vernon/Enderby food bank is behind Eagle Valley’s 14,000 names and Loaves and Fishes 18,000. Armstrong has approximately 2,300.

Residents can add their name daily to the contest, which if enough residents do Vernon could very well win the contest and help even more people in need this winter. The contest closes at the end of December.

 

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