November 26th, 2020

Drive Away Hunger campaign raises $10,057 for food banks

By Jensen, Randy on October 24, 2020.


Lethbridge & District Exhibition and Umami Shop have announced donations totalling $10,057 to its Farm Credit Canada – Drive Away Hunger campaign.

The total donation has been split evenly between nine southern Alberta food banks including Interfaith Food Bank, Lethbridge Food Bank, Bow Island Food Bank, Pincher Creek Food Bank, Taber Food Bank, Coaldale Food Bank, Picture Butte Food Bank, Claresholm Food Bank and Standoff Food Bank.

This year’s event came at a time when festivals, including the regular Whoop-Up Days programming, were cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and provincial health mandates. However, the programming included virtual gourmet pancake breakfasts (through Umami Shop), drive-thru pancake breakfasts, drive-thru Jumbo Ears, drive-thru baked potato stands and a two-day food truck festival held at Exhibition Park.

“The success of this event wouldn’t have been possible without the tremendous partnership and nudging from Patricia and Sven at Umami Shop,” says Mike Warkentin, chief operating officer of Lethbridge & District Exhibition, in a news release.

“Once again, the incredible generosity of this community never ceases to amaze me,” continued Warkentin when referring to sponsorship of the events from Gas King, Western Stockman, Diamond Sun Farms, Subaru of Lethbridge and Fee Simple Law.

More than 3,000 vehicles attended the multi-day events held through Umami Shop and at Exhibition Park with a uniquely local agriculture story woven in. All of the ingredients sourced for the virtual pancake breakfasts were from southern Alberta producers and all of the potatoes used for the drive-thru baked potato stand were supplied by Diamond Sun Farms in Burdett.

In addition, 660 kilograms of flour milled by Parrish & Heimbecker in Lethbridge, 450 litres of canola oil, processed by Richardson Oil Seeds in Lethbridge, and 160 kg of sugar, processed by Rogers Sugar is Taber, was used in the production of Jumbo Ears over the three-day event.

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