The Salvation Army in Fort St. John woke to a $10,000 donation Friday morning to keep its new Site C food pick-up program motoring this year.
The support came from Tourmaline, which has pitched into the partnership with BC Hydro and ATCO Two Rivers to cover the costs of labour, food handling, and vehicle maintenance.
"This dam is a multi-year project," said Curtis Whitford, NEBC operations and community development co-ordinator.
"We want to inspire the rest of industry to help cover the costs of this truck and not let that food go to waste and put that food to good use."
The Site C work camp makes up to 5,000 meals a day, and the pick-up program was announced last fall to help divert surplus food from the landfill.
The Salvation Army began making trips to the camp in January, and has picked up an average of eight bins of food a day to supply the food bank and seniors centre instead.
"This amazing contribution will ensure that we are able to keep this additional pickup as a strong part of our perishable food recovery program," said executive director Cameron Eggie.
"The food benefits all users of the food bank and helps support seniors in the community, group homes, and will soon support options for local students."
While the program and donation are a boon to Fort St. John, Whitford is thinking about the bigger picture — the LNG Canada project under construction in Kitimat, for example.
"There's other big picture projects out there too, like Kitimat, what are they doing with their food waste? Let this be the example of how and where that food should go to use," Whitford said.
"You darn well bet that food is going in the garbage dumpster if they don't have a plan for it. Let's inspire them with this story, and every other project."
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