Lee Bull (left)

Lee Bull (left)

Superstore/Wholesale Club Salvation Army food drive kicks into gear

Until May 5, Vernon Real Canadian Superstore and Wholesale Club customers can help the Salvation Army food bank...

Vernon residents can ensure everyone has enough to eat.

Until May 5, customers at Real Canadian Superstore and Wholesale Club can purchase or bring in non-perishable food items, or make cash donations, for the Salvation Army food bank in Vernon.

“We are extremely pleased that our local Superstore and Wholesale Club are again joining forces with their parent company, Loblaw, to aid food banks across Canada,” said David MacBain, with the Salvation Army.

“Food drives give the consistency we need to know we will have the supply needed to meet the demand, and it is exciting to see more and more corporate partners coming on board.”

Christmas kettle volunteers will be on site collecting donations.

If you would like to be a volunteer greeter, handing out a small sheet of ideas so people know what food items to donate, call 250-549-4111.

“The number of visits to the House of Hope is up six per cent year-to-date over 2011,” said MacBain.

“To see this number climb as the economy improves is a bit discouraging, yet not a total surprise since we were among the first to see increased need at the start of the recession, and we expect we will be the last to see a decrease – but I do anticipate that eventually taking place.”

One hundred per cent of food donated and 85 per cent of the cash donated until May 5, will go to local food banks.

The remaining 15 per cent of donated cash goes to the Food Banks B.C. in support of provincial food bank programs.

 

“We appreciate that our customers will be a large part of our success in meeting this year’s goal,” said Peggy Hornell, senior director of community investment wth Loblaw Companies.