Operation Lunchbox: it's time to help!

February 17, 2016

Operation Lunchbox: it's time to help!

Ready to fill a need? Beginning February 17, Operation Lunchbox is collecting non-perishable food items and cash donations to help provide healthy lunches to children and youth in Strathcona County.

Now in its seventh year, Operation Lunchbox is organized by the Strathcona County Youth Council, made up of teens from Grades 7-12. This year, the Youth Council is grateful to have the support of the Strathcona County Professional Fire Fighters Association, who is donating $3,500 towards the purchase of food for Operation Lunchbox.

Food donations can be dropped off at the Community Centre until March 18, 2016. Last year, Operation Lunchbox donations helped the Strathcona Food Bank Association provide food to 2,821 county youth and children. Every family with school aged children who rely on the food bank will receive healthy food items collected through Operation Lunchbox.

The Youth Council is also raising funds through a Fast-A-Thon, taking place on March 18, 2016. Members will be collecting pledges for their 8-12 hour fast. Last year, the Youth Council raised enough money to purchase 554 pounds of food for the Strathcona Food Bank. Money raised will be used to purchase healthy lunch items for children and youth in our community and will be delivered to the local food bank.

Donations to the Fast-A-Thon are greatly appreciated and can be made by calling 780-464-4044. Youth Council members are putting a call out to other youth in Strathcona County to get involved. Interested in participating in the Fast-A-Thon? More information or call Heather Teghtmeyer at 780-464-4044.

Call 780-449-6413 for further information about the Strathcona Food Bank Association.

 

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of almost 96,000 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:

Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595