City of Fort St. John raises food and cash for food banks with Food for Tickets program

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Food for Tickets drive was a big success this year.

Julie Rogers, Communications Coordinator for the City says that 111 tickets were paid off by bringing in donations of food as well as cash. Cash donations totalled $1280. The cheque will be cut to the United Way and distributed between 2 food banks.

She says they are still trying to figure out exactly how much food ended up being donated, but that the food filled an entire office.

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With the Women’s Resource Society, Salvation Army, and Friendship Society all struggling to keep up with demand because of the economic downturn, the City decided to do the fundraiser in the summer that they usually do over Christmas.

Mayor Lori Ackerman announced the fundraiser at a Council meeting after hearing about the struggles of food banks.

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