Christmas hamper applications ready at food bank

An agency that helps those in need is already thinking about Christmas.

An agency that helps those in need is already thinking about Christmas.

Christmas hamper applications will be available for pick up from the Vernon food bank and both Salvation Army thrift stores Tuesday, with interviews starting Nov. 19.

“We are preparing to provide an expected 800 hampers, and stock the shelves to serve well into 2013,” said David MacBain, community ministries director.

The Salvation Army also operates the Enderby food bank, and interviews for residents there will take place at St. Andrew’s United Church Nov. 30.

At the Vernon food bank, an average of 400 families are receiving assistance each month.

“Thirty-nine of those are new households,” said MacBain.

“As of the end October, we have brought relief to 4,142 households.”

To meet the need during the Christmas season, community support is being encouraged.

Superstore’s Extra Helping Holiday Campaign takes place from Nov. 23 to Dec. 20.

Donations will be collected at Vernon Presents…a Festival of Crafts at Wesbild Centre Nov. 16 and 17 and the Shoparama Holiday Gift Sale at the Vernon Recreation Complex Dec. 1 and 2.

The Feed the Family Concert takes place at the Vernon Yacht Club Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.

Singer Jaclyn Guillou will perform with her three-piece jazz band. Tickets are $25 with a non-perishable food item. For tickets, call Brian at 250-452-9894.

And the annual Realtor’s Food Drive  is scheduled for Dec. 5.