While many of us ponder just what to eat at dinner time, there are hundreds in our community who are left to wonder if they will have anything to eat.
To help feed the need, North Okanagan realtors are going door to door tonight in an effort to curb hunger.
The 41st annual Realtors Food Drive gets underway Wednesday, Dec. 5, starting at 5 p.m. in support of the Salvation Army Food Bank.
Residents can watch for grocery bags being delivered in various neighbourhoods starting Sunday. But even those who don’t get a bag are urged to leave their donations out Wednesday evening.
“You can call any real estate office to pick it up or you drop it off at the food bank warehouse (4609 23rd St.),” said Dawn Taylor, Re/Max realtor who organizes the event alongside the Don Defoe Team.
Realtors, clients, friends and family spend the evening collecting donations.
“We’re probably going to have around 450 people,” said Taylor.
And the community has historically been a great supporter of the initiative.
“It’s always overwhelming, every year we get more and more,” said Taylor, noting that more than 39,000 lbs of food was collected last year.
While the food fulfills a great need over the holiday season, this food drive helps stock the food bank shelves up so it can continue to feed the community well into the spring.
While there is a need for all sorts of non-perishable items, there are a few which the food bank struggles to keep in stock.
“Sugar, dry soup mix and soda crackers,” said Dean Sauve with the food bank. “We are always fighting to get sugar. And jello as well.”