Leaders break food bank challenge

Leadership Wood Buffalo cohort raises over 6,000 pounds in donation

By DAWN BOOTH, Connect Weekly

Leadership Wood Buffalo

Dan Edwards, Jees Joseph, Krystell O’Hara and Kallin Hanson during Leadership Wood Buffalo’s friendly food collection competition, where over 6,000 pounds was raised. Supplied photo

Students of the Leadership Wood Buffalo (LWB) program held a friendly battle to raise over 6,000 pounds (lbs.) in food donations for the Wood Buffalo Food Bank (WBFB).

“Leadership Wood Buffalo’s contribution to our organization is amazing, not only as a donation of much needed food and monetary funds, but also by the awareness they have built for the food bank, its needs and how it operates,” said WBFB Executive Director Arianna Johnson. “Awareness is the number one resource we have for working towards a food secure region.”

With two teams in competition, each team was challenged by Leadership Development Manager Alexandra Tarasenco to collect a total of 2,000 lbs. in donations from February 18 to March 3, which included a two-day food drive at Stoneycreek Village’s Save-On-Foods grocery store.

“I am a first-hand witness of the amazing spirit of the Wood Buffalo community and to see how much they care about our fellow residents in desperate times,” stated Jees Joseph, a team member for Annette’s Angels, in a release. “I am proud to say that our community is second to none.”

The two LWB cohort teams – Annette’s Angels and Moe’s Stars – met for the final count at the food bank’s office with WBFB’s Client Services Manager Dan Edwards to announce the final results, which had Annette’s Angels claiming the win with a total of 3,386 lbs. collected by their team.

Donations were also collected at the Wood Buffalo Public Library, food bank bins at various locations, and even at the Bughouse Chess Tournament.

-Connect Weekly-