High River's 99.7 Sun Country and AM 1140 is working together with the Salvation Army Thursday, July 19 to build a food mountain to support struggling local families.

Sun Country and AM 1140 are broadcasting from the High River Sobey's location to collect food and cash donations between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Salvation Army Lieutenant Chad Cole says he's astounded by the amount of community spirit he see's during this annual event.

"It was a year ago today that I first saw the local support in High River. I was new to the town and couldn't believe how much the locals care for one another here, it's amazing."

If you're not sure what's best to donate, they've compiled a list of what they need most:

food mountain 2018 july19 2018 002A display at the front entrance of the store offers a variety of ready to donate goods.

Cole says food donations aren't the only way to contribute.

"Cash donations go really far for us. We work together with local food stores to really stretch that dollar value, further than what the average consumer could do. 86 cents per dollar goes directly into food sales, and we can target the items we have a shortage of."

food mountain 2018 july19 2018 004The Salvation Army hopes to drive away several trucks full of donations today.

Cole says food donations never go to waste.

"Around 108 local families regularly use the food bank to assure their family has enough to eat, thanks to local support efforts those people do not have to worry about not having enough to eat."

All donations remain in High River and the local area.


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