Operation Lunchbox 2014

February 28, 2014

Healthy food for hungry kids

Thirty-eight local teens have made it their mission to provide healthy lunches for students in the County. Now in its fifth year, Operation Lunchbox is the result of the Strathcona County Youth Council’s passion to collect donations as well as raise awareness about children and youth who need access to healthy lunches. Last year the Strathcona Food Bank provided food to 1,958 youth.

Residents can help fill student lunch bags by dropping off non-perishable food items, such as granola bars, fruit cups, etc., at the Community Centre and Millennium Place until March 14, 2014. 

In addition, the Youth Council is raising funds through a Fast-A-Thon, taking place on March 14, 2014. Last year, they raised $1,600 for the Strathcona Food Bank. This year, their goal is $2,000.

Donations to the Fast-A-Thon are greatly appreciated and can be made by calling 780-464-4044. Youth interested in participating in the Fast-A-Thon are also encouraged to call 780-464-4044. 

Every family with school-aged children that rely on the food bank will receive some of the healthy food items collected through Operation Lunchbox. Further information about the Strathcona Food Bank Association or call 780-449-6413.

The Strathcona County Youth Council is composed of teens from grades 7 – 12 and is supported and mentored by Strathcona County Family and Community Services.

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of more than 92,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

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Contact: Melanie MacNeil, Family and Community Services, 780-464-4044.