A local grocer is once again going to extreme heights to support those who rely on the food bank.
Jim Tennant, Save-On-Foods manager, will be camped out on the roof of the grocery store starting Sept. 19 for as long as it takes to raise 25,000 lbs of food for the Salvation Army Vernon food bank.
“I’ll probably be up there about a week again, we’ll see how long the food keeps coming,” said Tennant, who says the hardest part is the cold, lonely nights.
“In a lot of ways, you’re almost like a homeless person up there in a tent.”
But the end result is worth it.
“I see how much food it puts into the food bank and I can’t stop that,” said Tennant.
The grocer’s efforts pay off in the form of bags and bins full of non-perishables, as well as cash donations, which the store collects for the food bank.
But Tennant won’t be alone the entire time.
David MacBain, Salvation Army community ministries director, and resident Akbal Mund are expected to spend some time on the roof too.
“I’m trying to get Darrell Jones, our company president to come too,” said Tennant.
One of the senior partners of BDO is also expected to join the rooftop cause, and the accountancy network will host a barbecue in Vernon.
“We’re doing this just to help people that need a little bit of help from us,” said Tennant.
Last year’s efforts raised 20,000 lbs of food, therefore Tennant is looking to beat that goal with 25,000 pounds.
Non-perishable donations will be collected in the store, before and during Tennant’s rooftop campout.
Tennant will also have a Salvation Army kettle for cash donations, and a shopping basket suspended from the roof for anyone interested in donating a warm beverage or snack to the campers.
“It’s amazing how much it can bolster your mood when someone brings you a coffee.
“Last year I even had the Upper Room Mission send me up a Teddy bear and little pair of reading glasses with lights on them from their thrift shop.”
Such seemingly small acts are what Tennant looks forward to most.
“It’s just the people chatting and dropping donations off, even the horn honks that I get.”