EMCS Leadership students standing by crates containing thousands of non-perishable food items they collected in one night.

EMCS students break own record for Sooke Food Bank food drive

The teens behind it was the school’s Leadership class, which a month ago set a goal to collect even more for the Sooke Food Bank.

Edward Milne Community School broke its own record in the 10,000 Tonight food drive – collecting more than 10,000 food items in one night.

The teens behind it was the school’s Leadership class, which a month ago set a goal to collect even more for the Sooke Food Bank.

And it did.

In one night, EMCS, along with handfuls of volunteers, collected 11,007 nonperishable food items. The company that supplied the delivery truck, ColdStar Solutions, also provided its own batch of 2,100 food items.

Todd Powell, EMCS’s Leadership teacher who helped guide the students on their initiative, is pleased of the drive and success.

“I couldn’t be prouder of this incredible group of young adults,” Powell said. “They showed drive, passion, energy, and most importantly, a recognition of the needs of their community.”

Powell added that at the end of the night, instead of heading off to bed, 20 students went to the food bank to continue helping unload and sort items.

The big push helped prepare the Sooke Food Bank for 2017 but it’s not clear of running out of food, said food bank coordinator Kim Metzart, adding the early winter months are the doldrums for donations as everyone is recovering after the roller coaster of the holiday season.

“Part of us able to do so good is because we get so much help during this time,” she said, reminding everyone to keep an eye out for each other in the community, as the hard times for many in Sooke aren’t over once Christmas is finished.

“Don’t forget about your neighbours and check in. We always look like we’re doing OK, but sometimes we’re not.”

 

Just Posted

Sooke’s under-14 girls squad ready for playoff tests

Sooke team has perfect record so far

Sooke’s Santa Run joined with Otter Point to fill the food bank

Dozens of volunteers took to the streets to gather food and cash donations

Cyclist without helmet thrown onto windshield in Victoria

Despite damage to bike, cyclist uninjured following accident

Victoria tech companies donate record-breaking weight of food

VIATEC’s 16th annual food bank challenge raised $45,224.40 for Mustard Seed

Annual UVic Xmas tree sale goes on despite loss of beloved tree farmer

Mike Fleming of Saanichton Christmas Tree Farm partnered with students for annual fundraiser for nearly 20 years

Lawyer for Chinese exec detained by Canada says it’s ‘inconceivable’ she would flee

Meng Wanzhou was detained at the request of the U.S. during a layover at the Vancouver airport

Pipeline protesters arrested at B.C. university

Three protesters were arrested after TRU property allegedly vandalized with red paint

Goodale to ‘examine’ transfer of Rafferty to medium-security prison

Michael Rafferty was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 in the kidnapping, sexual assault and first-degree murder of Tori Stafford

‘Abhorrent’ condition of autistic B.C. boy shows flaws in care system: report

‘Charlie’ was underweight and ‘covered in feces’ when he was removed from his mom’s care

Minister appoints former CIRB chair to resolve Canada Post labour dispute

Postal workers engaged in weeks of rotating walkouts

B.C. man linked to human remains probe to stand trial on unrelated assault case

Curtis Wayne Sagmoen will appear on all three Vernon matters this week

B.C. lumber industry trade mission still has high hopes for China

Forests Minister Doug Donaldson cut short trip after Japan, Korea stops

Omar Khadr to ask for Canadian passport to travel, permission to speak to sister

He spent years in U.S. detention at Guantanamo Bay after he was caught when he was 15

One of Tori Stafford’s killers transferred to medium-security prison

Michael Rafferty was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 in the kidnapping, sexual assault and first-degree murder of Tori Stafford

Most Read