With his sleeping bag, reclining chair and all the necessities he could drag up, Jim Tennant is prepared to stick to his rooftop post as long as it takes.
Tennant, store manager of Save On Foods, is camping out atop the store for as long as it takes to raise 12,800 lbs of food for the Salvation Army.
“I’ve been hauling stuff up there for days now,” said Tennant, who went up Monday at 11:30 a.m. and will camp out as long as it takes.
Joined by Village Green Centre manager Scott Adam, marketing manager Kelly Kedrosky and David MacBain with the Salvation Army, the rooftop food drive is part of the Fare Fight for Food challenge.
Bentall Kennedy Canada (which owns the Village Green Centre) has issued the challenge among its Canada-wide malls.
If the Village Green wins, by raising the most amount of food, Bentall Kennedy will give $10,000 to the Vernon food bank.
The Village Green has been raising food for months as part of the challenge and so far, Vernon sits in third place for the amount of food raised. It is hoped this rooftop food drive will push the local shopping centre into first place.
Therefore everyone is encouraged to come by and donate, and look up to give Tennant and his crew a wave!
For more information about Bentall Kennedy’s Fare Fight For Food campaign, visit farefightforfood.ca.
The public can also enter the online contest for a chance to win groceries for a year (a $3,000 value) and support their local Food Bank.