Last week, Farm Credit Canada (FCC) was on the road picking up food collected by area schools for the Salvation Army's food bank.

Shane Hillier is with the Salvation Army in Drumheller.

"FCC did their annual Drive Away Hunger Campaign and they connected with a couple of the schools -- St. Anthony's and the school in Morrin -- and did a food drive for the local food bank."

FCC said they brought back 367.5 pounds of food from the Morrin School, where teacher Ryan Wales led the food drive effort. At St. Anthony's School, Principal JoAnne Akerboom coordinated the students into gathering 542 pounds of food. FCC said combined food and cash donations totaled more than 1,000 meals donated to the Drumheller Salvation Army.

In addition to money and food from FCC, the food bank received a cash donation from Starland County earlier this month.

"Starland County did a Fishing Derby and they presented us with a cheque. It was presented by Steven Wannstrom, Council Member for Starland County."

The Salvation Army Food Bank was hard hit last year thanks, in part, to a downward-trending Alberta economy. However, figures for this year are looking up.

"It's leveled out a bit from last year," explained Hillier. "Last year was our big, increasing year, but it's leveling out a bit which is good to see."

Hillier said the organization is gearing up for their annual Christmas Hamper and Christmas Kettle Campaign.

Morrin School FoodCourtesy of FCC: students from Ryan Wales class, FCC employees Paula Solberg (kneeling left) and Mandy Celik (kneeling right), teacher Ryan Wales (standing far right).

St Anthonys FoodCourtesy of FCC: students from various classes, FCC employees Mandy Celik (kneeling left) and Paula Solberg (kneeling right).

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