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Participants in YMCA’s Kids in Motion program help unload donated food items yesterday at the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank.

A group of local kids worked to gather more than 14,500 pounds of food for the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank this week during the eighth annual Kids in Motion Food Drive.

The YMCA Kids in Motion participants handed out flyers last week, asking Calgarians to donate food to go toward stockpiling for the winter and yesterday off-loaded and packaged their whopping collection of 14,690 pounds of food.

Christy Daniels, YMCA community outreach manager for the Kids in Motion program, said the project is a great way for young people to give back to the community.

“It’s a great program because it gives the kids a chance to help other children and to help people in the community. They worked really hard on this and now they can watch the result of it,” Daniels said yesterday as the kids unloaded the food.

The Kids In Motion program is for children aged 9-12 to get involved over the summer in volunteer activities and then participate in games and activities to reward themselves.

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