The Fort Saskatchewan Minor Football Association is pairing with the local food bank for a neat initiative.
The peewee and bantam Falcons played their first games at Taurus Field on Saturday (Aug 25). They kicked off the season by seeking to collect donations for the Fort Saskatchewan Food Bank as part of the tackle hunger campaign.
"My son was in the Edmonton Eskimos Kids Camp this year and we went to an Eskimos game and they were doing tackle hunger. And I thought, 'what a great opportunity for us to do it for all of our opening games,'" said Brandy Malo.
Malo's husband is the coaching director for the Falcons and her son plays on the atom team.
The donation bin was nearing full at the day's halfway point, and will be open again on September 9 for the atom and flag home openers.
The teams have been practicing at Taurus Field since the spring, but these are the first games being played on the turf.
"I think all the kids are just enjoying playing on the field and getting to have home games here is so big for us," said Malo.
The minor football season runs until the end of November.