Food banks in need of spring donations

To help feed those in need, you evan donate at Real Canadian Superstore and Wholesale Club stores.

For many Canadian food banks, temperature and donations are closely linked.

As the thermometer rises in spring, donation volumes fall, but the monthly demand for their food remains high throughout the year.

To help feed those in need this spring, customers are being asked to make a donation to their local food bank at Real Canadian Superstore and Wholesale Club stores.

If every British Columbian donated two items at their local store today, it would meet the traditional demand on food banks until July so stores are asking customers to share a picture of their donation using #donate2items in an effort to get the entire province involved.

“During the spring many families continue to grapple with food insecurity at a time when the volume of donations trend towards an annual low,” said Katharine Schmidt, executive director, Food Banks Canada.

“Hunger is a year-round issue so we want to encourage everyone to stop by their Real Canadian Superstore today to make a contribution.”

Spring Food Drive donation bins are located in store and cash donations are also accepted at checkout. British Columbians are encouraged to provide the following most-needed items:

Pasta (canned or dry) and pasta sauces;

Canned meats and fish;

Meat alternatives (peanut butter, soy, assorted nuts);

Canned goods (beans, soups, and stews);

Dairy (canned and powdered milk);

Canned vegetables and fruit;

Whole grain cereals;

Infant foods and baby formula;

Bathroom tissue and diapers;

Personal hygiene products;

Food donations go directly to local food banks while cash donations support local food banks and Food Banks B.C.

Since 2009, Loblaw customers donated more than $9.9 million and 10 million pounds of food to food drives across Canada.

This spring Loblaw plans to raise more than $1 million and 500,000 pounds of food by the campaign’s end on April 9.

“Whether it’s putting healthy food on our customers’ plates or in hampers for food bank users, we believe we have a responsibility to help all Canadians live life well,” said Peggy Hornell, senior director, community investment, for Loblaw Companies Limited.

“If everyone in British Columbia donates just two items at one of our stores today we will meet the traditional demand on food banks until July.”