Salvation Army captain Jean-Curtis Plante (left); Uriah Kane, co-ordinator with the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive, and David MacBain, Salvation Army community ministries director, get ready to stock the shelves at the Vernon food bank with the food drive, which starts this week as bags are dropped off around town.

Salvation Army captain Jean-Curtis Plante (left); Uriah Kane, co-ordinator with the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive, and David MacBain, Salvation Army community ministries director, get ready to stock the shelves at the Vernon food bank with the food drive, which starts this week as bags are dropped off around town.

Food drive fills shelves

Greater Vernon residents are being dropped off a reminder to be thankful for their bounty and to share with those who are less fortunate

  • Sep. 14, 2014 8:00 p.m.

Greater Vernon residents are being dropped off a reminder to be thankful for their bounty and to share with those who are less fortunate.

The B.C. Thanksgiving Food Drive is scheduled to be making collection rounds Sept. 20 for the third annual event.

Volunteers will be dropping off Save-On-Foods grocery bags to the doors of as many homes in the Greater Vernon area as possible this week that will include a flyer with instructions.

“The Vernon food bank, which has been operated by the Salvation Army since the 1980’s, is a vital part of our community and  currently provides food to upwards of 900 people per month,” said Uriah Kane, volunteer co-ordinator.

Their needs are growing in these uncertain economic times, particularly in September with the unknown start of the school year, and December with the financial challenges of the holiday season.

“The food bank is entirely dependent upon the generosity of community donors and volunteers, who gather, sort and stock the food that is provided to those who qualify for support.”

So the community is urged to fill their bags prior to volunteers coming around between 9 a.m. and noon on Saturday to pick up the food donations.

“This year’s initiative is hoping to collect 14,000 pounds of food for Vernon’s Salvation Army Food Bank,” said Kane.

The massive initiative is only possible with the help of volunteers and donors.

Residents are asked to give non-perishable food items and to check the expiry dates on all of the items before they are donated.

The B.C. Thanksgiving Food Drive is looking for additional community partners and volunteers, who can donate some of their time to serve the needs of the community; anyone interested can call Uriah Kane at 250-550-0182

 

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