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Day one of food drive at RedBlacks game huge success; more needed for Fury FC game

While the Ottawa RedBlacks had a heartbreaking last-minute loss to Edmonton, those who attended the game can still feel great.

Around 29,300 pound of food was raised Friday night at the Ottawa RedBlacks game at TD Place. The food is going the Ottawa Food Bank.

Everybody heading to the game yesterday was asked to bring along a non-perishable food item or money.

It’s all part of the Purolator Tackle Hunger program. The company and the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) partnered up in hopes of raising the equivalent of 50,000 pounds of food this weekend.

The drive continues for Sunday’s Ottawa Fury FC game. Fans attending the game can get their photo taken with the North American Soccer League (NASL) Soccer Trophy in exchange for a non-perishable food item or cash donation.

“Thanks to RedBlacks fans and their tremendous support, this year’s Purolator Tackle Hunger Game Day Food Drive raised the equivalent of 29,300 pounds of food,” said Patrick Nangle, CEO of Purolator. “We are proud to work closely with the Ottawa Food Bank to help alleviate hunger in Ottawa and surrounding areas.”

The Ottawa Food Bank provided food assistance to nearly 50,000 people last month, 37 per cent of who were children.

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