Drive Away Hunger collects food, cash

A convoy of tractors and trailers heading through Stettler on Wednesday netted a big cash and food find for the community’s less fortunate.

A convoy of tractors and trailers heading through Stettler on Wednesday netted a big cash and food find for the community’s less fortunate.

Farm Credit Canada’s ninth annual Drive Away Hunger made a pitstop in the town of nearly 6,000 people.

Adam French, district director for Alberta East, said that 838 kg (1,861 pounds) of food was gathered and $850 collected.

All of this was donated to the Stettler Food Bank.

Children from Stettler Middle School and Christ King Catholic School helped out with the drive.

Stettler Co-op collected food donations as well.

French said it was a good day for the group’s second time to Stettler. The last time was in 2008, when about the same results were achieved.

The first Farm Credit Canada Drive Away Hunger tour took place in September 2004 when an FCC employee in Ontario drove an open-cab tractor and trailer for eight days. Camping along the way, he collected food and donations for local food banks.

Since then, FCC employees and community partners have raised more than 7.8 million pounds of food for food banks in Canada.

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