The Vernon Vipers are participating in the BCHL's Five Hole for Food Challenge.

The Vernon Vipers are participating in the BCHL's Five Hole for Food Challenge.

Food banks score with BCHL

The Vipers will bring the 2016/17 campaign to Kal Tire Place Dec. 29.

The Vernon Vipers will hit the ice to fight hunger.

The B.C. Hockey League is once again off and running with its Five Hole for Food Challenge, presented by First West Credit Union.

“Again, the initiative is a friendly competition among all BCHL teams to see who can raise the most for their local food bank,” said Brent Mutis, BCHL communications director.

The Vipers, who led the pack last year with 6,877 pounds of food, will bring the 2016/17 campaign to Kal Tire Place Dec. 29.

“This is our fourth year running for the Five Hole for Food Challenge and each time, we’ve managed to top the total from the previous season,” said Mutis.

“The support we’ve seen from fans and sponsors, as well as the hard work by players and team staff, has made this a success. I’m confident we can post an even bigger number this year.”

So far, three dates have been hosted. After the effort held by the Nanaimo Clippers Nov. 12, they are the current leaders in the challenge. The Clippers and their supporters raised 5,513 pounds of food.

Events will be held throughout the BCHL until Feb. 14.

“Over the last three seasons, more than 110,000 pounds of food have been raised for food banks in B.C. and Washington,” said Mutis.

This season’s running totals can be seen at http://bchl.ca/five-hole-for-food.