FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local car dealerships have come together to donate to School District 60’s meal programs.

It was announced last week that Fort City Chrysler, Fort Motors, Murray GM, and Honda donated a combined $28,000 to Fort St. John schools.

“Supporting local is important to us,” read a Fort City Facebook post announcing the donation. “We have collectively come together to give back to our community.”

Superintendent Stephen Petrucci says the need for subsidized meals and breakfast programs has increased over the last 18 months.

“This District is very grateful for this significant donation,” said Petrucci.

Griff Peet, principal at Duncan Cran Elementary School, says that the District would have to limit the number of meals served without community donations.

“With community support, the students have a much more productive day of learning because one of the most basic needs is met once they are fed,” said Peet.

At Duncan Cran alone, over 3000 meals are served a month through the lunch and breakfast program.

“Some students access breakfast and lunch every day while others access one or both programs off and on throughout the year.”

The meal programs also received generous donations from $40,000 from CNRL on Monday and $12,000 from a fundraiser created by local firefighters earlier this year.