After spending a week camped out on top of the Village Green Centre, Jim Tennant is excited to be back on the ground.
“It feels good to be down,” said Tennant, manager of Save On Foods, after climbing down from his post Monday morning.
While a hot shower would be a highlight of his day, Tennant’s most memorable event came as his staff piled more than 30,000 pounds of food in front of the store.
Thanks to the community and suppliers, that’s what Tennant helped raise for the Salvation Army food bank through his rooftop food drive.
“I’m in awe at how much came in and how much support came in from the community,” he said, staring at 13 pallets and 24 shopping carts overflowing with goods.
That support more than doubled Tennant’s original goal of raising 12,800 pounds of food.
The donations have put the Village Green Centre into a first-place standing in a contest between 17 shopping centres to see who can raise the most for their local food bank. The Bentall Kennedy Fare Fight For Food Challenge will award a $10,000 grant to winner’s partner food bank.
The rooftop food drive has brought the overall Fare Fight For Food local drive up to approximately 50,000 pounds.
The drive to collect non-perishable and monetary donations will continue in the mall until Oct. 31.
“Jim’s started something great,” said Scott Adam, VGC manager. “The efforts are continuing through the Salvation Army and the Village Green Centre.”
And according to Tennant, the donations will continue to roll in, as he is still anticipating 6,000 pounds of turkeys from Save On Foods. The challenge also offers customers a chance to win free groceries for a year.
Visit www.farefightforfood.ca to enter.