10/17/2011 10:15 EDT | Updated 12/17/2011 05:12 EST

Regina food bank pantries plugged after competition to stock the shelves

REGINA - For the second year in a row, big-hearted donors have helped Regina emerge victorious in the 25th annual Great Canadian Food Fight.

The Regina and District Food Bank competed in a friendly competition with its counterparts in Halifax and Victoria to see who could collect the most goods over a 48-hour period between last Thursday and Saturday.

When the donations were weighed, the Regina organization had collected 251 tonnes — enough to last it through the winter.

The total exceeds the organizers' goal of 250 tonnes and is about four more tonnes than the food bank collected last year.

Wayne Hellquist, Regina food bank CEO, says the value of the donated food is more than $1.5 million.

Hellquist says a concerted effort on the part of the whole community helped the organization come out on top again. (CJME)