There was plenty of warmth as the Cold Lake Food Bank celebrated the Coldest Night of the Year with a fundraising walk.

February 24 wasn’t the coldest night of the year according to the thermometer, but the weather did turn cool as the sun went down. The roughly 150 participants walked their choice of a two- or five-kilometre route with hot drinks to keep them warm along the way, and hot food at the end of their walk.

“It was an amazing turnout,” said Cold Lake Food Bank’s executive director Nic Caron-Lavoie. The funds raised by early evening totalled almost $19,000, well on the way to their goal of $20,000.

Tens of thousands of participants walked in more than 200 cities, towns, and communities across Canada and the United States.

The Cold Lake Food Bank has been serving Cold Lake and the surrounding area for more than eight years, and the funds raised in the Coldest Night of the Year will benefit their clients at a time of the year when food bank donations are typically low.

Some of the 150 walkers who came out to support Cold Lake Food Bank. JEFF GAYE
Volunteers serve up bowls of hot chili for participants. JEFF GAYE
Nic Caron-Lavoie was amazed at the turnout and the funds raised. JEFF GAYE