Build a mountain, indeed.

The Perth and Lanark events for the Build a Mountain of Food campaign surpassed expectations on Saturday, with totals setting a new record for most collected in a community.

The campaign brought in more than 5,987 kilograms of food from four combined locations in Perth, and raised more than $4,605 in cash donations. Vans and volunteers were stationed all day in front of Barnabe’s Your Independent Grocer, Foodsmiths, Giant Tiger and Brownlee’s Metro accepting donations, that benefitted the Perth and District Food Bank.

In Lanark, one van parked in front of the Maple Leaf Dairy Bar collected almost 400 kg of food and garnered more than $1,000 – in just four hours. Those earnings benefit the Lanark Highlands Food Pantry.

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