The Madawaska Valley Food Bank not only met, but surpassed, its year-end fundraising goal.
The Food Bank set a goal to raise $35,000 in December. It ended up raising $41,000 in financial donations and another $7,000 worth of food donations.
“For a small community, the valley has really come through in a big way,” said President Paul Thompson.
“This support has come from local businesses and local groups and organizations, but there are also so many individuals who made the decision to help others in their community. The food bank very much appreciates all those who supported the end-of-year fundraiser.”
He thanked the Barry’s Bay Valu-Mart and Metro, which were sites for the 106.5 Moose FM Spirit of Giving Radiothon on Dec. 9. On that day, about $16,000 was raised.
But the work isn’t over. The Food Bank needs to fundraise year round and Thompson says three fundraising drives will take place throughout 2023.
They’ll take place in late spring, late summer and, again, at the end of the year.