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Rotary Food Drive collects 50,000 pounds
If the Kamloops Food Bank had to buy all the food it has received since it started its food drives, the value would top $1 million.
“Food Banks Canada has researched the average amount it would cost to purchase each pound of donated food,” said agency executive director Bernadette Siracky, noting the per-pound value has been pegged at $2.50.
Since the first food drive in October 2008, when 15,000 pounds of food was collected, to the 50,000 pounds brought in on Saturday, Sept. 21, Kamloopsians have donated 473,000 pounds of food.
Apply the national organization’s math and it comes out to $1,182,500, Siracky said.
Donations have varied through the years, from a high of 60,000 pounds in April 2012 to a low of 9,000 pounds in April 2009.
The agency went to twice-yearly drives in 2011.
The September 2012 drive collected 58,000 pounds, while the effort in April this year collected 55,000 pounds.
Saturday’s city-wide collection of the yellow shopping bags filled with donations is the ninth spearheaded by the Kamloops Rotary, Interact and Rotaract clubs.
Fundraisers for the food bank start to gear up in the fall. A new one is a Rooftop Fun-Raiser at Hotel 540, 540 Victoria St., on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with several food stations, complimentary wine from Harper’s Trail winery and entertainment.
Tickets are $40 plus GST and available at the hotel by calling 778-471-8033 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food donations will be accepted at the event.