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Community food drive a big focus at upcoming United Way Fire Truck Pull

Food banks in Fort St. John saw more than 3,400 clients in June, according to the United Way of Northern British Columbia. The agency is gearing up for its sixth annual fire truck pull on Sept.
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The Charlie Lake Fire Department at last year's United Way Fire Truck Pull. The agency will host a community food drive at the event this year as three local agencies saw more than 3,400 people access food services in the month of June. File Photo

Food banks in Fort St. John saw more than 3,400 clients in June, according to the United Way  of Northern British Columbia.

The agency is gearing up for its sixth annual fire truck pull on Sept. 17, and is adding a community food drive as part of the event.

Community Development and Campaign Officer Niki Hedges says in the month of June 3,446 clients accessed food services from three local agencies: 1,653 at the Salvation Army, 1,301 at the Fort St. John Friendship Society, and 492 at the Fort St. John Women's Resource Society.

"The very real concern is that over the last year all our service providers are experiencing unprecedented statistics, a dramatic increase," Hedges said. 

"To address this crisis, spearheaded by UWNBC together with the Salvation Army, Women’s Resource Society, Friendship Society, NEAT, Northern Health and the Fort St John Evangel Church and others, we have recognize that the old ways of working are not achieving the outcomes and change that we all desire to meet the demand."

The fire truck pull will take place Saturday, Sept. 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Centennial Park. Participants and spectators are being asked to bring down non-perishable food items. Rosenau Transportation will have its 18 Wheels Food Drive at the event, with proceeds going to the Fort St. John Food Bank.

For more information and to register a team for the Fire Truck Pull, visit bit.ly/FSJ16FTP.

Registration deadline is Sept. 14. 

Last year's event raised $40,000.

editor@ahnfsj.ca

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