Sixth annual Fort St. John United Way fire truck pull to focus on food drive

Photo Credit: Dawson Creek Fire Department

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With a staggering number of people using outreach services in Fort St. John, this years fire truck pull will have a different focus.

The focus will be on food. Specifically for food banks that have barely any food left on the shelves.

In June alone of this year, the following numbers were calculated of clientele using services.

Salvation Army (Food Bank): 1653
FSJ Women’s Resource Society (Outreach Store): 492
FSJ Friendship Society (Mobile Outreach Program): 1301
TOTAL: 3446
That is why at the 6th annual fire truck pull this year, there will also be a food drive. The shelves in Fort St. John are depleted and they need to be stocked again.
Niki Hedges with the United Way says the numbers are extremely alarming and things need to change.
“The very real concern is that over the last year all our service providers are experiencing unprecedented statistics, a dramatic increase. To address this crisis, spearheaded by UWNBC together with the Salvation Army, Women’s Resource Society, Friendship Society, NEAT, Northern Health and the Fort St John Evangel Church and others we have recognize that the old ways of working are not achieving the outcomes and change that we all desire to meet the demand.”
The fire truck pull and food drive will be happening September 17th from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm at Centennial Park in Fort St. John.
There will also be a pancake breakfast and BBQ lunch as well.
The main event of course will feature teams pulling a 30,000 lb fire truck. There will be trophy’s for:
  • Fastest Pull
  • Most Food Raised
  • Most Funds Raised
  • Best Dressed/Most Spirited

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