The volume of food donated through this year's Canada Post food drive for the Estevan Salvation Army was down, but the food bank's shelves are still well-stocked, according to Lieutenant Brian Bobolo.
About 4,100 pounds of food were collected through the food drive, Bobolo said. Local Canada Post employees circulated the community and picked up donations of food that were left of people's front entrances.
Other people dropped by the Salvation Army with their contributions during the day. And in the days leading up to the food drive, rural residents dropped off food items at their rural post offices.
Nearly 20 volunteers from the community sorted donations and stocked shelves during the food drive.
Bobolo said that last year's drive generated about 5,000 pounds of food, and so the Salvation Army will have to monitor the food stocks on the shelves during the three months before Christmas.
"We've certainly got a lot of items that we were looking for," said Bobolo. "We were pretty much empty going into the food drive, but now we're full and we are ready to go for the next few months."
They're still in need of canned fruit; peanut butter and jam; and microwavable foods for lunch programs at schools in the region.
"Certainly if people are still willing to donate, they're still able to bring some food down to the food bank," said Bobolo. "That would be really, tremendously helpful to us, and we will put to good use anything that we do receive."