The third annual BC Thanksgiving Food Drive in the B.C. Interior is underway.
Volunteers with the non-profit community organization are delivering bags to individual homes with flyers asking for donations to local food banks.
On Saturday, Sept. 21, volunteers will return to pick up the donations and deliver them to local food banks. Volunteers are working as part of a provincewide initiative which includes almost 50 towns and cities and close to 6,000 volunteers.
In the Interior, groups are working in Oliver, Penticton, Summerland, Peachland, Kelowna, Lake Country, Vernon, Merritt, Enderby and Salmon Arm.
Last year in the valley, some 900 volunteers contributed more than 2,700 hours of service.
They delivered bags to more than 36,000 addresses and collected 77,833 pounds of food for local food banks.
These totals were more than double what volunteers gathered in their first year, and this year they hope to grow by at least 50 per cent more.
“We need your help to raise awareness for this great event,” says Gary Morris of the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive.
“We want to make members of our communities aware of this simple yet important opportunity to help those in need.”
Morris asks that residents place their bags of food on the doorstep by 9:30 a.m. For more information about the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive, see the website http://bctfooddrive.org/.