Safety First trailer food drive a success

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Though it didn’t manage to fill an entire 53 foot trailer to the brim, Safety First Professional Driver Training’s inaugural food drive this past weekend was a big success.

Safety First co-owner Barry Wilkinson says that this past weekend, the food drive managed to net between 1,500 and 2,000 lbs. worth of food donations for local area food banks. The company announced the food drive three weeks ago, after news of record numbers of patrons using Fort St. John area food banks this past summer. Driving through the streets of Fort St. John, the food drive spent the weekend canvassing for donations to go to food banks at the Salvation Army, Women’s Resource Society, and Friendship Society.

Wilkinson says that though donations weren’t as abundant as he was hoping, he sympathises that many in the community might not be as well off as they previously were due to the area’s economic downturn in recent months. He added that he still considered the event such a success that he will be turning the food drive into an annual event next year.

While the exact amount of food raised isn’t known yet, Wilkinson says that he hopes to have a final tally soon and deliver the food to area food banks in the coming days.