August 31 was a big day for the Salvation Army Food Bank in Drumheller.
Hundreds of people dropped by the yellow school bus parked next to ATB Financial to donate food or cash for Stuff the Bus.
"We were down in pounds (of food) from last year: we got about 400 pounds less food," reported Captain Jennifer Hillier of the Salvation Army. "This year we got 1,753 pounds of food and we got $4,209 in monetary donations and the barbecue sponsored by Hiway 9 (Express)."
Encana agreed to give $2 for every pound of food donated up to a total of $3,000, which is on top of the other cash donations.
"There are times in the year when we do have to purchase food and so, all of the donations that come in at events like Stuff the Bus and even our November food drive go right into the food bank and we use those funds throughout the year to purchase what we need to restock the shelves of the food bank."
The last couple of years have been tough for Drumheller ecnomically, much of it to do with a drop in oil and gas activity, and Hillier told 99.5 Drum FM events like this help them meet the demand for food hampers.
"September through til Christmas is one of the difficult times for families when we look at kids going back to school in September and then gearing up until Christmas," she explained. "It is one of the times where we see families with extra stress and having more difficulty to make the ends meet."
The next big event for the local food bank is the Red Bag Food Drive in November.