Air Cadets hosting food drive to support Airdrie Food Bank
The Local 88 Airdrie Lynx Air Cadet Squadron is making a sizeable upgrade from a Volkswagon Beetle to a Ford F-150 pickup truck in the food fundraising efforts to support the Airdrie Food Bank.
Last year, the cadets’ “fill the bug” food drive collected more than $4,800 in food donations, enough to provide food hampers to approximately 32 people, and on Sept. 28 at the Airdrie Walmart, they’re looking to improve on that total at this year’s “Feed the Ford” event.
“We are hoping to overflow the truck with food donations,” said Kathy Ruck, communication chair of the Squadron Sponsoring Committee in a press release.
“It’s a great cause and the cadets are confident, with the help of the citizens of Airdrie, we can make it happen.”
This event is one of many citizenship activities the squadron participates in yearly; other events include poppy sales and Cadets Caring for Canada.
Airdrie Food Bank Executive Director Lori McRitchie is grateful for the support of the cadets, especially during summer months when donations are slow to come in.
“This will go a long way to providing emergency food support to many in our community at a time when our shelves are at their yearly lowest,” said McRitchie in an email.
“We appreciate the efforts to support our community and thank the cadets for their time and talents to help others in Airdrie.”
The food drive starts at 10 a.m. on Sept. 28 at Airdrie Walmart and will run until 4 p.m.