With the goal of making sure everyone has the opportunity to support their local food banks, the annual B.C. Thanksgiving Food Drive takes place this week.
“Volunteers deliver the bags and flyers to as many homes in Penticton and Summerland as possible from Sept. 14 to 19. Donors are asked to fill the bag with non-perishable food and leave the filled bag on their doorsteps where volunteers will pick it up on the morning of Sept. 21 and deliver it to the local food bank,” said Dan Kane, co-chairperson of the B.C. Thanksgiving Food Drive, in a news release.
The entire process is dependant upon volunteers and there are several ways for individuals or families to become involved including adopting a route, obtaining permission from your strata council or apartment managers to leave the shopping bags mid-week and pick up on Saturday.
“This is a fun opportunity for families to get involved and support their local community. You can get some exercise, serve your community and assist the poor and needy,” said Kane.
All the food collected will be donated to the Penticton Salvation Army food bank and in Summerland, the Anglican Church food bank.
IGA has donated 14,000 food bags and other local businesses have provided the stationary, the printing of the flyers and several seniors facilities have taped the flyers to each bag.
Look for an IGA bag on your doorstep this week and donate food by simply leaving the bag full of non-perishable food on your doorstep by 9:30 a.m. on Saturday ,Sept. 21.
More information is available by contacting Kane at 250-328-8151.
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