The 41st annual Realtors Food Drive gets underway Wednesday, Dec. 5 with door-to-door pick up starting at 5 p.m. Among those helping to feed the need are realtors: Don Miller (from left) of Century 21, Aaron Luprypa at Sutton Group, John Deak with Royal le Page, Steve Bearss of 3% Realty, Krista Blankley at Re/Max, Darryl Webster from Alliance Realty, Dawn Taylor at Re/Max, Steve Wikkerink also from Re/Max, Janet Heldman at Century 21 and Re/Max’s Michael Kinghorn, Michelle Little, Maria Besso, Doug Cuthbert, Robert Moorhouse, Shawna Sidhu, Bryan Lleachman, Charlie Veaudry, Landon Bootsma and Kyle Goulet, joined by the Salvation Army Food Bank’s Dean Sauve. (Jennifer Smith/Morning Star)

North Okanagan realtors food drive feeds growing need

41st annual event tonight in support of Vernon’s Salvation Army Food Bank

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.

See: Realtors food drive feeds the need

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.

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“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.”


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