Hamlets at Penticton staffers (left to right) Cathy Brett, Debra Saunders and Deborah Foley work on the Fill the Bus food raising project running this month. The bus will be parked at Safeway Oct. 19 from noon to 2 p.m. when the public can drop off non-perishable goods for the food bank. (Mark Brett - Western News)

Hamlets at Penticton holding a month-long food drive

The Hamlets assisted living centre is holding a month-long food drive to help supply the food bank

Often this time of year the shelves at the Penticton community food bank are not as full as they could be, so the staff of Hamlets at Penticton are hoping to change that.

The staff at the assisted living centre have accepted a challenge put out by other Hamlets facilities in Alberta to see who can donate the most food to their respective food banks by the end of October.

“We just thought it was a fitting time of year rather than at Christmas, because at Christmas everyone seems to donate so we thought let’s do it early,” said Debra Saunders, community relations co-ordinator for the Penticton Hamlets who is organizing the Fill the Hamlets Bus campaign. “In my opinion, there is a lot of people going back to school and resources are tight right now.”

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The public is welcome to stop in at the facility located at 103 Duncan Ave. W to drop off non-perishable items in a bin located at the front desk.

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As well, on Saturday, Oct. 19, the Hamlets bus will be parked in front of Safeway from noon until 2 p.m. so people can drop off items there.

In return for a donation, people will receive a coffee and muffin supplied by Safeway.

In the challenge, each can or packaged item will count as a point and the winner between the Alberta and B.C. Hamlets will receive a pizza party for the entire team.



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