Saskatchewan people helped raise more than $2 million for food banks over the holidays, with a little help from the world’s largest potash company.
PotashCorp announced Monday its annual food bank funding drive brought in $2,140,000.
Of that total, $1,640,000 came from donations by people across the province. PotashCorp kicked in the remaining $500,000, meeting its commitment to match the first $500,000 in contributions.
In December, Rock 102’s Stuff the Bus raised a little over $32,000 in cash donations for the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre. The money was matched dollar for dollar by PotashCorp.
In 2016, the number of people using food banks in Saskatchewan increased 17.5 percent, climbing from 26,727 individuals served in March 2015 to 31,395 for the same month in 2016.
Children make up 45.6 per cent of the province’s food bank users, the highest total in the country.
PotashCorp has been running the matching campaign each year since 2010. Since then, the campaign has brought in $17.5 million, with the company’s contributions totalling $6.5 million.