Creative Chaos crowds benefit local food bank

Vernon is about to get chaotic, while helping those in need.

Vernon’s Creative Chaos craft show gets underway this weekend at the Vernon Recreation Complex. More than 200 artisans and crafters flood the rec centre buildings, along with a food fair and performing arts Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event, which is the largest craft sale in Western Canada, is also the Salvation Army Food Bank’s second largest annual food drive.

Admission is free to the event, but those attending are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to help those in need.

“Over 38,000 food items have been collected over the past 10 years, with a record-breaking 8,100 items collected in 2010 alone,” said David MacBain, community ministries director with the Salvation Army.

The demand on the Vernon Salvation Army food bank continues to climb with an additional 176 new households coming for assistance so far this year.

“During the economic recession donations have doubled from 4,000 items in 2008 to over 8,000 last year,” said MacBain. “During the same period our local Hunger Count, conducted each March, has risen a staggering 87 per cent.

“Those attending the famous show seem to have a passion for crafts and for those in need, and have demonstrated it through their generosity.”

If visitors forget to bring food items there will be an opportunity to donate cash as the familiar Christmas Kettle will be there to greet them at the front door of the recreation centre. The Salvation Army is in need of kettle hosts for two-hour shifts. Volunteers are asked to call Danielle at 250-307-7770.

The following items are most in need at the food bank:

  • rice
  • beans and legumes
  • pasta sauce
  • canned tomatoes and sauce
  • canned stews
  • dry soups
  • peanut butter
  • canned fruit and vegetables
  • kids’ snack items.