Albertans are getting a new way to donate to local food banks.

Food Banks Alberta representatives were in Fort Saskatchewan on Friday (Mar 16) to announce the launch of the #GiveHealthy campaign.
The initiative aims to help the province's food banks increase delivery of fresh, healthy food to locals.

The new campaign uses an online platform for food donation. Donors will go online and select perishable food items to be delivered to a specific food bank they choose. They can also donate to a provincial fund to be shared across Alberta. Twenty food banks, including Fort Saskatchewan is taking part in the campaign.

"I think it's such a great program," said Fort Saskatchewan food bank chair Marlene LeRoux. "It will help us out on our fresh food bill because we always make sure all of our hampers have apples, oranges, potatoes, onions and carrots. So it will certainly help us with the cost of that."

Pembina Pipeline Corporation, a partner in the campaign, is providing a $110,000 grant to help with the drive. It's the company's third year of funding fresh food initiatives.

The #GiveHealthy movement began in the United States as a way to increase donations of healthy, local food.
The campaign runs Apr.16-30 and aims to get 50,000 pounds of food into Alberta's food banks.

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