Mike Mason

Mike Mason

Community backs food bank

Three campaigns raised a collective 33,212 pounds of food for the Salvation Army.

Shelves at Vernon’s food bank have been stocked.

Three campaigns raised a collective 33,212 pounds of food for the Salvation Army.

“It’s been a tremendous community effort and we are so grateful to all who took time to care for those in need,” said Jean-Curtis Plante, with the Salvation Army.

Over five days last week, Save-On Foods and A1 Bus urged residents to fill a bus with non-perishable food items. The event also included a barbecue hosted by Maple Leaf Foods and BDO. It raised 8,012 pounds of food.

Craftsman Collision joined forces with Save-On Foods  Saturday to host Making a Dent in Hunger.

A total of 2,400 pounds of food and $4,614 in cash was donated.

And also on Saturday, the B.C. Thanksgiving Food Drive went door to door in Greater Vernon.

Organized by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the event raised 22,800 pounds of food.

“Thank you Vernon,” said Plante.

“It has been an exciting week for the Salvation Army and another successful annual fall food drive.”