The shelves at the Neighbour to Neighbour Centre food bank are full again thanks to Redeemer University College students and Ancaster Meadowlands residents.
During the fifth annual back-to-school food raiser, Redeemer students collected 10,300 pounds of food, the most ever by the event.
“That’s incredible news,” said Steve Dykstra, community development coordinator for the Christian liberal arts and science university in Ancaster. “Our goal was 9,000 pounds.”
“They did a great job,” added Doug Farraway, director of development at Neighbour to Neighbour. “And at an opportune time of year.”
Dykstra said student leaders dropped off notices about the food drive and paper bags to more than 3,000 Meadowlands homes on Aug. 31. Bags and boxes of food were left for pickup between 6 and 8 p.m. on Sept. 6.
Students were driven around the Meadowlands by Redeemer faculty members and other volunteers.
Dykstra noted the food drive helps a worthy organization and enables first-year students from out-of-town to get acquainted with the local geography.
Farraway said shortly after centre volunteers unpacked the food from Redeemer, more than 800 pounds of potatoes rolled in from the victory garden at West Highland Baptist Church.