Cram The Cargo Food Drive hailed as a huge success

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A spokesman for the Terrace Churches Food Bank says he's overwhelmed by the generosity of local residents and businesses, as a Terrace car dealership wrapped up its Christmas food drive over the weekend.

For two months, MacCarthy GM and Prevost RV have been asking Terrace residents to bring non-perishable food items to the local dealership, so they could be loaded into a 20-foot-long cargo trailer and brought to the food bank on Saturday.

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There was also a cargo road-show at various businesses and locations around town.

And marketing manager Janine Kraft says the results far exceeeded expectations.

"I am just on Cloud 9 -- as you can see, we've got the crammed cargo trailer here and we were actually overweight when they weighed us, so we ended up having to get out 500 pounds out of the cargo trailer and put it into a crew cab so we officially crammed the cargo trailer and crammed the crew cab as well,"  she enthused

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That amounts to between four and six tonnes of food -- and it comes just in time as the Christmas season is now upon us and the shelves at the food bank are looking pretty bare.

"This is going to make a big difference, I'll tell you -- in fact, I could guarantee our next order's going to be about a minimal order for next month -- we had about 19 new families last month," said the Food Bank's Steve Sawatzky.

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A similar drive was held in Prince Rupert to help the North Coast Transition Society.

Kraft says there are many people in both communities in need of help.

"Not just the homeless, it's not the people that have substance abuse issues that utilize the food bank services -- there are working professionals and I found this out when I actually worked the food distribution here at the Terrace Churches Food Bank, just to see what we were fighting for, and I was very shocked to see how many working professionals who literally have to choose between their bills and buying food, that utilize these services."

The volunteers at the food bank have been busy transferring all these items onto the shelves for the upcoming distribution days, which will begin next Monday.

There were also cash donations made, which will allow the food bank to purchase perishable items such as eggs and bread.

If you missed your chance to donate, another one is coming this Saturday, courtesy of the Terrace RCMP, who will hold their annual Cram-a-Cruiser event at the local Save On Foods, Safeway, and Real Canadian Wholesale Club parking lots -- to help the Terrace Churches Food Bank and the Salvation Army.

[Reported by Robert Pictou]