by Morinville News Staff
Morinville – A much heavier Morinville Community Bus groaned over the weigh scales Thursday and Friday night after two consecutive days of collecting food throughout the community. Organizers of this year’s annual Fill-A-Bus were hoping to outdo last year’s total of 7,032 pounds of food and $2,610 in cash donations collected for the Morinville Food Bank Society. Those expectations and goals were not disappointed as Morinvillians of all ages rose to the occasion to support the cause. This year’s initiative collected 7,255 pounds of food and $3,131 in cash donations, as well as 2,939 pounds of pet food, the latter donated by Champion Petfoods.
Ken Skjersven of the Morinville Food Bank Society said he was pleased with this year’s totals. “ It’s just fantastic,” he said. “These people are fantastic.”
Skjersen was not alone in being delighted with the response. Town of Morinville employee Melodie Steele, who organized the event, was also thrilled with the response and expressed her gratitude at the many donations and sid the generosity of Morinville residents knows no bounds.
The Fill-A-Bus hit the road Thursday morning, collecting food items from Morinville schools and businesses. The bus made the rounds to Morinville Public Elementary School, Ecole Notre Dame Elementary, Morinville Christian School, and Morinville Community High School, each location trotting out loads of food donations for the cause carried by enthusiastic students. In between school visits the bus hit a number of local businesses, including Putnam and Lawson, Capital Vision Care, The Morinville Chamber office, Servus Credit Union, H&R Block, Spiker Equipment and RV City. On Friday the bus, town staff, Food Bank Society members, community volunteers, and Santa Claus set up at No Frills in the morning and at Sobeys in the afternoon, giving residents an opportunity to pick up a little something along with their own grocery needs.
Steele said the food and funds will go a long way to helping the Morinville Food Bank Society in meeting their needs this Christmas season and beyond. With the holiday season approaching, the food bank can still use more. A collection will be taken Dec. 19 at the Community Christmas Celebration at St. Jean Baptiste Church. The Food Bank is open Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information contact the Morinville Food Bank at 780-939-2636.
Ken Skjersven and Mayor Lisa Holmes pose with Kim and Steve Rooke. The Rooke School of Karate made a $1,000 donation to the drive, monies raised by students in the school’s Annual Karate Challenge.
– Submitted Photo