The Penticton JCIs and the Penticton Western News helped to raise 3600 lbs of food and $784.65 for the Salvation Army Food Bank. (Brennan Phillips — Penticton Western News)

Second ValleyDrive campaign in Penticton a huge success

JCI Penticton and JCI Kelowna raised nearly 6,000 lbs of food in total

The second annual ValleyDrive for food bank donations run by JCI Penticton and JCI Kelowna was a resounding success, with the organizations collecting 3,600 lbs of food and 2,292 respectively for their communities.

“The community really showed their support for ValleyDrive and was really appreciative of the fact we were there,” said Harpreet Sidhu, JCI Penticton president. “The number of people who made a point of thanking us and telling their stories of how the Salvation Army and food bank had helped them at some time in their past and how great it was that it’s still helping those made the day even more special.”

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“We really appreciate the efforts by Harpreet and everyone and all of the businesses that sponsor this event,” said John Rankin, food bank manager at the Salvation Army in Penticton. “(After Christmas) we experience a slow season so this really helps fill the gap. Now are shelves are fully-stocked for the next while.”

This is the first year that JCI Kelowna took part in the campaign, and Sidhu said “it’s a great way for us as different chapters to work on a project together.”

“It helps us build stronger relationships between the two communities,” said Sidhu. “Here in Penticton we raised (more) food. So for us it’s great to have bragging rights for this year. Next year we’ll have to up our game to raise more food again.”

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