Tons of food will be helping local families this summer after a successful spring food drive over the weekend.
On Saturday and Sunday, volunteers stationed at grocery stores around Fort McMurray and Anzac collected $25,600 and more than 55,000 pounds of food.
The total amount of goods donated soared past the Wood Buffalo Food Bank’s goal of 40,000, however, they were just a little short on their $30,000 goal.
Communications and Development Coordinator Anna Noble tells Mix News they were overjoyed to see this much generosity coming from a community still dealing with the aftermath of the wildfire.
“We didn’t know what to expect since we’re still seeing a downfall in donations and the community is still facing hard times but we were pleasantly surprised with what we got.”
Noble says its too early to guess how long the food and money will last – the hope being to survive the summer.
Right now, they’re helping around 40 families each day.
“We’re still seeing high demand, a lot of people accessing us on a monthly basis, but until the end of the summer – I think this will last us that long.”
Anyone who didn’t take part in the food drive can still donate to the WB Food Bank, year round.