(THE NEWS/files)                                MRSS students collect donations at drive-through food drive in front of the school on 122 Avenue. This year’s event is Dec. 7.

(THE NEWS/files) MRSS students collect donations at drive-through food drive in front of the school on 122 Avenue. This year’s event is Dec. 7.

‘Drive thru’ food drive at MRSS

Maple Ridge secondary students collecting for Friends in Need.

Maple Ridge secondary is holding its annual “Drive Thru Food Drive” on Thursday, Dec. 7 from 7:30-8:30 a.m. to collect non-perishable food items for the Friends in Need Food Bank.

Just drive up and volunteers will take your donations of non-perishable food items.

You don’t even need to get out of your vehicle, said Michelle Ostrowksi, a teacher at the school.

The MRSS student council has organized the drive-through event, as well as a door-to-door food drive for the past five years.

Together, Ostrowksi, the two events collect more than 1,500 food items and $350 to $500 in cash for the food bank each year.

The drive-through event at the school features holiday music, Christmas lights and free hot chocolate, as well as Rambo, the school’s mascot, along with Santa Claus and students waving signs and thanking donors.

“We’re going for that Christmas market feel,” Ostrowksi said.

Volunteers will also be selling candy bags to help raise money for the food bank.

All donations go directly to the Friends In Need Food Bank to help families in Maple Ridge.

Maple Ridge secondary is located at 21911 – 122 Avenue.

This year’s door-to-door food drive is Saturday, Dec. 9. Students will be delivering fliers in participating neighborhoods in advance.

Ostrowksi said the goal is always to collect more than the previous year.