Hunger in Moose Jaw's 13th annual 'I Bought a Lunch Campaign' raised over $80,000 this year, surpassing the goal of $75,000.

The money was raised from community donations and through partnerships with local businesses. The campaign wrapped up on Nov. 17.

"That money is going to go directly into our food costs for our child nutrition program," explained executive director Sharla Sept. "We're feeding approximately 400 children per day. We really needed those funds this year to pay for those food costs."

The program aims to make sure that school children in Moose Jaw have a lunch to eat every day. Every child gets a fresh made lunch including a sandwich, a fruit and vegggie, a snack and a milk or milk product.

"We realize that Moose Jaw has our back," continued Sept. "We are appreciative of every dollar that comes in the door and we can't say 'thank you' enough."

She notes with rising food costs, the need for the school lunch program keeps growing.

"Last year at this time we were sitting around the 320 mark per day and moved gradually up to that 400 mark by the end of the year. We're already at that 400 mark now and we're just in November. We're anticipating seeing the need go higher by the new year."

Sept says Hunger in Moose Jaw is accepting donations year-round.

If you’re interested in supporting Hunger in Moose Jaw, you can visit 269 Stadacona St W during office hours, e-transfer, send a cheque, or call in with a credit card over the phone at (306) 692-1916.

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