Apples for all in gala giveaway

A Hay River grocery store donated about $1,200 worth of apples to schools in the town and other surrounding communities to mark small business week.

Super A Foods made the donation of royal gala apples to four schools in town and Chief Sunrise Education Centre throughout last week.

“Royal gala are very tasty, so I’m sure the kids will enjoy them,” Steve Anderson, the Super A Food co-owner who was also acclaimed to Hay River Town Council, told The Hub Oct. 21.

Apples were also sent to schools in Fort Simpson, Fort Smith, Fort Resolution and Fort Providence.

The 45 cases, or more than 2,000 lbs of apples, went out free of charge to the students, he said, noting the store received a good deal on the apples.

Apples were selected because their nutritional value, he said.

The third week in October marks Small Business Week, an annual event organized for 36 years by Business Development Bank of Canada meant to mark the contribution of small and medium-size businesses to the economy and community.

“Through the support of our customers in town, the people that visit Hay River, we’ve been able to come up with a nice way to get apples out to the kids,” he said.

He said the communities that received the donations are important to Hay River’s economy.

“We do appreciate the customers that visit from these communities,” he said.

Anderson said it’s the first time the store has made such a donation.

However, he noted the ongoing donation of milk in Hay River. The store and more than a dozen other businesses and the Rotary Club contribute to donate milk on Wednesdays to elementary students at Harry Camsell School, Ecole Boreal and Chief Sunrise Education Centre.

“We’re excited by that – that we’ve got 14 businesses in town that have teamed up,” he said about the effort.

“The kids love it,” Anderson said.

He estimated the program costs about $7,000 for a school year. He’s hoping to expand to an additional day.2810app@

Shane Magee