FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The local Salvation Army received a surprise donation from Ribfest on Sunday.

Dennis Nephin, with Ribfest, and Patricia Budgell from the Rotary Club of Fort St. John, dropped off several trays of food from the event.

“We were really pumped and encouraged by that,” said Salvation Army Executive Director Jared Braun.

“Obviously, it had been a successful event that happened this weekend and then for them to think about giving back to the community just showed that they don’t want to just, kind of, fly in and fly out without actually having added value and contributing to the community.”

Ribfest was all the rage this weekend, with around 3000 vehicles stopping by the drive-thru event to grab some grub.

The generous donation will go to the Northern Center of Hope and the Food Bank for community members who probably couldn’t afford to take in Ribfest this year, said Braun.

The organization received multiple trays of chicken, ribs, beans, pulled pork, coleslaw, biscuits and bags of beverages.

Luckily, the Salvation Army had the infrastructure in place to accept the last minute donation, said Braun.

“We hadn’t planned or prepared for it. Our one walk in freezer right now is pretty full with just food we have from Site C and meat that we’ve got in. But, we have another stand up freezer that had enough space to pretty much take in any of the stuff I wanted to freeze.”

On Monday morning, the Nourish team was also pre-packaging single-serve meals to hand out.

“We have multiple different streams that we can distribute the food through and in a pretty timely fashion.”

Ribfest has partnered with the local rotary clubs for future events.