Siloam Mission to Benefit from Cross-Country Food Drive

By Brian Schultz

Vancouver native Richard Loat stops a ball during a game of street hockey Sunday, July 3, 2011 in Winnipeg during the Five Hole For Food drive. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Winnipeg’s Siloam Mission will be the recipient of a cross-country food drive making a stop in the city on July 14.

Five Hole for Food is embarking on a coast-to-coast road trip for the third consecutive year starting July 3. Drop-in ball-hockey games in 13 cities this summer will aim to collect 100,000 pounds of food for Canadians in need.

“Our intention in 2011 was to collect 20,000 pounds of food and we ended up more than doubling our goal,” said FHFF founder Richard Loat, 23. “We’re upping the ante this year. While our target to bring in 100,000 pounds of food sounds ambitious, I’m confident Canadians will step up to help us help others.

Almost 43,000 pounds of food was raised last year for community food banks.

The Forks will host the game from 12-3 p.m. near the Scotiabank Stage.