Food drive underway

The 36th annual Realtors Food Drive takes place today in Greater Vernon, Armstrong, Enderby and Lumby.

North Okanagan residents are getting ready to help their neighbours.

The 36th annual Realtors Food Drive takes place today in Greater Vernon, Armstrong, Enderby and Lumby.

“This is a very important event,” said Dianne Nadeau, with the Enderby Food Bank.

Realtors will be going door-to-door in neighbourhoods and collecting donations of non-perishable food items for the local food banks.

Other groups will also be providing assistance during the event, including financial institutions, individual families and the North Okanagan branch of the Early Childhood Educators of B.C.

The donations help the food banks with Christmas hampers and fill the shelves well into the new year.

“We can see the walls in some cupboards because they are getting bare,” said Nadeau, adding that demand for assistance has been increasing.

It’s expected that about 120 holiday hampers will be issued in Enderby this year.

Many of the clients are employed.

“Costs keep going up and their cheques aren’t getting bigger,” said Nadeau.

During the Realtors Food Drive today, residents are asked to turn their outside lights on and place their bag of food on the front step for collection.

“Community support is always really positive,” said Dawn Taylor, an event organizer.

Among the food items being sought during the Realtors’ Food Drive are rice, pasta, canned meat and fish, canned fruit and vegetables, tomato products, beans, flour, sugar, cereal, peanut butter, jam, oatmeal and canned or powdered milk.

If homes are missed during Wednesday’s food drive, residents can call their local real estate office and someone will pick up their donation items.