Emergency Services Fight Back Against Hunger

RCMP, Lumby Fire Department and BC Ambulance teaming up with Lumby Real Estate Association to go door-to-door collecting donations

Emergency services are fighting back against hunger in Lumby Wednesday.

The RCMP, Lumby Fire Department and BC Ambulance are teaming up with the Lumby Real Estate Association and a number of volunteers to go door-to-door starting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Residents are asked to join the fight against hunger by donating non-perishables to support the growing need of the Lumby Food Bank.

“One of our police officers who was transferred in from Revelstoke is organizing this,” said Gord Molendyk, RCMP spokesperson of Const. Gary McLaughlin.

“Up there he was responsible for the food drive called Emergency Services Fight Back Against Hunger.”

Over the past four years the City of Revelstoke has been conducting the annual food drive, which was started in 2010 by McLaughlin and partnered the RCMP with fire and ambulance services to collect food, door-to-door in the community. Over the years the program has grown to more than 400 volunteers collectively raising over 50,000 lbs of food and $30,000 dollars in donations for the Revelstoke Food Bank.

“Const. Gary McLaughlin has transferred to the North Okanagan and has once again started this unitive this time in Lumby,” said Molendyk.

The Lumby Food Bank assists more 50 local families each month.

Residents are asked to support the program by placing non-perishable food items at the end of their driveway to be picked up by the volunteers that night.