Volunteers gather some of the food collected during the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive.

9,000 lbs. of food collected

This year, 82 local volunteers dropped off 4,000 bags to residences in the community

The BC Thanksgiving Food Drive, held on Sept. 20, and coordinated by The Church of Jesus Christ of  Latter-day Saints, resulted in over 9,000 pounds of food donated to the Campbell River Food Bank.

“It’s the beginning of the giving season, and this was a nice kick off,” said Debbie Willis, local Food Bank manager. “Campbell River is incredibly generous. It definitely fills a need.”

This year, 82 local volunteers dropped off 4,000 bags to residences in the community, and then returned to pick up the donations.

“It’s great to be part of a project where members of our community can get together to provide a service to people whose circumstances may mean they need to turn to our local food bank,” said Gary Knowles, Bishop for the local congregation of Latter-day Saints.

Province-wide, 6,500 volunteers visited 250,000 homes and collected 410,000 pounds of food.  During the first four years of operation, the initiative has collected 1.4 million pounds of food for BC food banks. The food drive will happen again next September.  If you would like to take part, e-mail local coordinator SueAnn Deeble at suede.scents@gmail.com, and you will be contacted closer to the drive.

Both individuals and organizations are welcome to participate.