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Food drive prepares for Thanksgiving

It's not yet Labour Day, but the sixth annual BC Thanksgiving Food Drive is already gearing up.

That's because the BCTFD wants to ensure the shelves of local food banks are stocked to the rafters so everyone can enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving holiday, said the drive's coordinator in Burnaby, Jason Nagy.

From Sept. 15-20, more than 100 volunteers will be delivering donation bags to residences in various neighbourhoods around Burnaby. Anyone wishing to donate non-perishable food items to the Food Bank can place them in the bag and leave it on their doorstep before 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 20, when it will be collected.

Last year's effort collected about 5,400 pounds of food from an equal number of homes around Burnaby.

It was part of a province-wide effort that collected 450,000 pounds of food in 50 communities.

Nagy said the Burnaby group is hoping to double its collection this year.

"We're trying to raise awareness," said Nagy.

Households that don't get a donation bag can still contribute by dropping off non-perishable food items to the Save-On Foods grocery store at Market Crossing on Sept. 20.

For more information about the drive, and how to get involved, go to www.bctfooddrive.org.

 

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