Campaign fills food bank shelves

B.C. Thanksgiving Food Drive will be held Saturday and non-perishable food items will be collected for the Vernon food bank.

Vernon residents have a chance to help neighbours in need.

The second annual B.C. Thanksgiving Food Drive will be held Saturday and non-perishable food items will be collected for the Vernon food bank.

“They are running out of food right now,” said Bob McKay, an event director.

“We want to bring public attention to the need in the community.”

The event is being organized by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and it also involves the Vernon Muslim Association.

About 120 volunteers will go door-to-door in select neighbourhoods from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and plastic bags for donations will be distributed a few days before Sept. 15.

Some members will also canvass in Lumby and Armstrong for the food banks in their communities.

Last year, about 5,000 pounds of food was collected during the campaign.

“We anticipate we will do even better this year,” said McKay of more residents being aware of the event.

McKay is pleased that the Muslim association has come  on board this year and he hopes other organizations will get involved next year.

“We want it to become bigger and bigger every year.”

The B.C. Thanksgiving Food Drive is a provincewide campaign and volunteers will collect food in more than 40 communities.

“We all appreciate reliable, annual events such as this to help the shelves remain with a sufficient supply so food hampers do not reduce in size,” said David MacBain, with the Salvation Army, which operates the Vernon food bank.

For more information about the campaign, go to http://bctfooddrive.org