Giving hunger the chills

FCC visited elementary schools to collect food donations for the Moose Jaw Food Bank on Wednesday. Joshua Santos/Times-Herald

Elementary schools donate to Moose Jaw Food Bank with help from FCC

While Saskatchewan is certainly known for its farming, it’s not every day you see a tractor driving down Moose Jaw’s streets.

Elementary school children in the municipality donated food for the 14th annual Drive Away Hunger campaign on Wednesday, food that was transported by a big green tractor.

“It’s nice for them to see how they can help out in the community even starting at a young age,” said Penny Cote, Grade 2 teacher at École St. Margaret.

The school was one of the 12 to participate in the fundraiser. They had 230 students take part, contributing a whopping 690 pounds at that school alone.

“We really appreciate the schools’ involvements for sure. They’re great partners and I think it’s good for kids to be aware that unfortunately there are people in need,” said John Olson, senior director of Farm Credit Canada’s (FCC) Regina district.

FCC employees spent time riding around town collecting proceeds from schools ,while others rode a tractor with a trailer attached carrying all the goodies.

“For us as employees it was a feel-good day. These are fun days as a group of employees and we do something to help enhance the communities we live in,” said Olson.

He emphasized that everything donated stays in Moose Jaw.

“Everything stays local and goes back to local food banks. Everything that we do is ag-related so it’s a natural way for us to give back to the community,” said Olson.

Moose Jaw Warriors’ mascot Morty the Moose was also in attendance, travelling with the bunch to pick up food.

Donations from individuals and organizations were also gathered.