Food drive stocks shelves

The recent BC Thanksgiving Food Drive was a proven success

Support for the food bank continues to grow with an ever-increasing need.

The recent BC Thanksgiving Food Drive, where bags were left on doorsteps, was a proven success provincially, regionally and locally.

Throughout the province 409,624 pounds of food were collected.

“In the broader Okanagan area (including Osoyoos to Salmon Arm including Merritt), as a group we collected 92,992 pounds of food,” said Uriah Kane, event co-ordinator.

“Here in Vernon, we were able to get donations of 16,850 pounds. Last year’s numbers in Vernon were about 10,200 pounds, so we were very grateful for the support we got from the community and our volunteers this year.”

The drive is welcomed by the Vernon food bank, during an integral time of year.

“We’re very appreciative of their support for this fourth annual event,” said David MacBain, Salvation Army community ministries director.

“It’s really gone a long way to bridge that gap between now and the Christmas food drive in December, which will also be essential.”

Locally, members of the Kalamalka Rotary Club assisted with the drive, as well as Kal Tire, which had a donation bin set up at the Vernon corporate office.