Mormon Helping Hands helps fill food bank

The Mormon Helping Hands Community Food Drive smashed its previous record by collecting 8,145 kg of donations for the Red Deer Food Bank.

“We’re absolutely delighted,” said Phil Stephan, co-ordinator for Saturday’s food drive. “It was a very good participation rate.”

It was estimated that 25 to 30 per cent of the 8,500 households given a yellow food bank bag gave a donation for volunteers from two local Mormon congregations to pick up. In bigger cities, a 10 to 15 per cent contribution rate is considered a success.

This is the third year local the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints congregations have held the food drive and the previous best was 6,030 kg. That was the largest single donation the food bank had ever received.
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