The Fort St. James 4-H Club was out collecting food bank donations as part of a food drive competition amongst the area 4-H kids.
The week of May 25, the local group put out shopping bags for residents to fill with donations and then they spent a day collecting the filled bags or cash donations.
The food drive was part of a friendly competition between the area 4-H groups, and Fort St. James collected 450 kg of food which was then donated to the local food bank, housed in the Anglican Church.
“We are super proud of their accomplishment,” said Nancy Schlamp, one of the 4-H parents and leaders.
Reverend Gwen Andrews received the donations for the food bank and was impressed with the amount the small group of just five children (one only three years old) managed to bring in.
“People were very generous and we’re very thankful to the 4-H,” she said. There was also $50 in cash donations.
Schlamp said the community was very generous and the kids had fun doing it.
“Their feeling was they made a difference,” said Schlamp.
The food bank is still in its infancy and so far is only open once a month to hand out hampers plus emergency food for those in need.
“We’ve been really blessed this spring,” said Andrews, after the group also received generous donations from Overwaitea customers through the Campbell’s Soup program.