Manitoba students managed to raise more than 11,000 kilograms of food for Winnipeg Harvest.

Operation Donation, Manitoba schools' biggest food drive, brought in an impressive 11,871 kg of food for 2013.

Students from 59 schools donated food to the drive.

Manitoba Public Insurance contributed 5,943 kg, bringing the total to 17,815 kg. That number was matched by Canada Safeway and Peak of the Market, bringing the total amount of food raised to 53,446 kg.

The annual drive is in its 14th year and took place from Feb. 25 to March 1 this year. On Tuesday, the food was officially weighed at the Winnipeg Harvest office on Winnipeg Avenue.

Cameron Tramley is a grade 6 student at Ecole Varennes who helped collect donations for the drive.

"I collected a lot.  I go to a food bank like once a week to give food to people that don't have as much as we do," said Tramley.

"It feels good to be helping them."

In 2012, schools raised 19,610 kg worth of food.

Each year kindergarten to Grade 12 students raise food in Manitoba schools and that amount is later matched by a number of Winnipeg businesses.

Winnipeg Harvest officials said more than 47 per cent of its clients are children.