The Fort Falcons are kicking off for a good cause. 
On Friday (Aug. 27), the Fort Saskatchewan Falcons Football club will be hosting its fourth annual Tackle Hunger event at Taurus Field. The double-header football game and food drive are in support of the Fort Saskatchewan Food Bank. 
“Fort Saskatchewan Minor Football has always wanted to try and give back to our community,” explained Brandy Malo with the team. “We’re hoping that we can just fill our bins."
With the first day back to school quickly approaching, the food bank is in need of school snacks for kids, preferably peanut-free. 
Doors open at 5 p.m., the evening's events will kick off with the peewee Falcons and West Edmonton Raiders at 6 p.m., followed shortly by a second game with the bantam Falcons and the Sherwood Park Wolverines beginning at 8:30 p.m. 
There is no cost to attend the games under the lights.
The organization has been working to make the evening fun for the whole family; local football players will be on-site doing meet and greets, a caricaturist will be there to do pictures, but Malo added that you’d have to come down to see what else they have going on. 
Ready for football
The Tackle Hunger event acts as a season-opener for the Falcons; however, the team has been training throughout 2021 in anticipation of the upcoming season.  
Falcons head coach Chris Malo added that they’d seen the highest registrations for the football club since he started in 2006. 
“Fort Saskatchewan’s really embracing football. We have the Edmonton Elite that decided to make Fort Saskatchewan their home and playing out here, and they're playing in front of a full house every game. It’s an exciting time for football in our community,” he said. 
Watch the interview with Brandy and Chris Malo with MIX 107's Justin Pautionner, here: