August 3, 2018 4:32 pm

More than 108K pounds of food donated at Edmonton Eskimos game

The equivalent of over 108,000 pounds of food was raised at the Edmonton Eskimos vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders game on Aug. 2, 2018.

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Edmonton Eskimos fans donated the equivalent of over 108,000 pounds to Edmonton’s Food Bank Thursday night as part of the annual Purolator Tackle Hunger promotion.

Fans can donate both cash and food, which all counts toward the final pound total.

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Volunteers from the food bank were at four gates around Commonwealth Stadium, as the Eskimos prepared to host the Saskatchewan Roughriders to collect donations for the program, now in its 16th year.

“One of the many beautiful things about our community is how we pull together to help one another,” Eskimos president and CEO Len Rhodes said. “As has been the case since Tackle Hunger first began, Eskimos fans rallied once again to help those in need.”

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Since 2003, Edmonton fans have donated 365,218 pounds of food.

“Since 2003, Edmonton Eskimos fans and those of our rival team come together to support Edmonton’s Food Bank in an impressive display of teamwork and generosity,” food bank executive director Marjorie Bencz said. “We all know that regardless of which team comes out on top, the Edmonton Food Bank is always the winner at the Purolator Tackle Hunger game.”

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The food drive happens once a year at CFL games across the country. Last year the program brought in 1.5 million pounds of food across the CFL.

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