Penticton Provides volunteer students have some fun while placing one of their food bins in a local grocery store. Food drive is Nov. 25 where people can leave out food donations for pick up. (Penticton Provides Facebook)

Penticton high school students ready for food drive tonight

Teens will be collecting food donations at people’s door or driveway Nov. 25

High school students from both Pen Hi and Princess Margaret are gearing up for another season of giving through their Penticton Provides campaign.

On Thursday, Nov. 25, students will coming by homes across Penticton to pickup donated food items that have been left at the end of a driveway or on a door step. Students have been dropping flyers off at homes so that residents are aware of the fundraiser.

Suggested food items included non-perishable items like canned foods, crackers, Kraft Dinner, peanut butter, cereal and baby items.

Penticton Provides combines 10,000 Tonight and Toys 4 Tots 2 Teens (T4T2T) to support Penticton families. These fundraisers have been going for more than 25 years.

“Every year students at our high schools help to sustain the needs of the food bank well into the new year and for toys and gifts for our most vulnerable during the Christmas season,” said Penticton Secondary vice-principal Bo Boxell.

“This year the need is even more dramatic with COVID impacting many of our most vulnerable.”

The goal is to exceed last year’s enormously successful donation amounts.

That means Penticton Provides is hoping to collect 1,000 toys and gifts, 1,000 food items and $20,000 in financial donations.

In 2020, the community exceeded their food goal, collecting 12,266 non-perishable food items.

The goal was for $20,000 cash donations and the total was $21,500.

This campaign is student-led, with teens doing most of the heavy lifting, but with the whole community getting involved, said Boxall.

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Food donation boxes have already been set up at most schools around Penticton.

The next big event is Toys for Tots to Teens taking place Thursday, Dec. 9.

Drop off locations will be available throughout the community including a drive thru Pen Hi’s school parking lot with donors getting a hot breakfast sandwich.

The community will have multiple locations where they can drop off food and toys including in front of Penticton Secondary and Princess Margaret Secondary.

They are currently working with multiple businesses to have their locations be drop-off sites as well. For example, Canadian Tire has agreed to be a drop-off location this year.

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