Food hampers grow to 500

Sidney Lions Food Bank collecting for Christmas season

Sidney Lions Food Bank Administrator Bev Elder helps Philip and Donna Cottell from the Probus Club of Sidney unload non-perishables donated by individuals from the club.

The shelves at the Sidney Lions Food Bank are looking pretty full but Administrator Bev Elder said that by the end of the month most of the stockpile will be gone.

“The shelves are definitely starting to fill up but we’re anticipating filling up close to 500 Christmas hampers this year, so basically everything that has come and that will be coming in will go out again right away,” she explained.

According to Elder the food bank serves 1,100 Peninsula-based clients a month, 39 per cent of whom are children under 16 and 12 per cent of whom are seniors 65 and older.

And although the organization is expecting more food in in the coming weeks through the firefighters food drives (Dec. 15) and the Stuff the Bus campaign (Dec. 16), Elder said there are always staple items they run out of this time of year.

“The firefighters food drive and the Stuff the Bus are huge and we also have tons of drop-off bins around local businesses that will come in too,” Elder explained. “But no matter what we always seem to run low on staples, especially things like Kraft Dinner and jam.”

Elder also noted the food bank is always low on fresh produce like carrots, potatoes and onions and also personal hygiene items like toothpaste, toothbrushes and bars of soap.

“Those aren’t always items people think to donate,” she said.

Volunteers will be working long hours in the next two weeks getting the hampers ready and pick up will occur right before the holidays.

“Pick up day for singles getting hampers will be on the 17th of the month and families can come on the 18th, 19th and 20th,” Elder said, adding that staggering the pick-up dates helps lessen the load on the volunteers at the food bank.

“I’m so lucky to have not only a great core group of about 30 or 35 volunteers here all year but also a great group that always come in for the Christmas season,” Elder said. “Without them, we wouldn’t be able to keep up.”

If you’re interested in donating to the Sidney Lions Food Bank, drop offs can be made directly to the food bank at 9586 Fifth Street (in Iroquois Park) or call 250-655-0679 for more information.

 

Just Posted

Cannabis cultivation: Former North Saanich chicken farm goes into pot

North Saanich would join a small, growing number of communities with marijuana growing

Canada ranks among countries most impacted by severe weather

Canada has climbed from the 42nd spot to ninth on the Climate Risk Index

Study shows Oak Bay’s dwindling population is rapidly aging

Housing Needs Study says Oak Bay facing a shortfall of 349 bedrooms

Last full moon of the decade peaks at 12:12 on 12/12

December full moon also referred to as the cold moon

Mainly cloudy, chance of showers ahead for Thursday

Plus a look ahead at the weekend’s forecast

VIDEO: Octopus, bald eagle battle after bird ‘bites off more than it can chew’ in B.C. waters

B.C. crew films fight between the two feisty animals in Quatsino off north Vancouver Island

Raptors fans show Kawhi the love in his return to Toronto

Leonard receives championship ring, leads new club to win

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of Dec. 10

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Do you have a real or artificial Christmas tree?

The lights are up, holiday shoppers are bustling through the streets and… Continue reading

Process to identify those killed in Gabriola plane crash could take days

Canadian flight museum suggests Alex Bahlsen of Mill Bay died in Tuesday’s crash

One man dead after car crash in Nanaimo

One person died, another was injured in the accident which happened Wednesday on Nanaimo Lakes Road

‘Honest mistake:’ RCMP says B.C. cannabis shop can keep image of infamous Mountie

Sam Steele wearing military, not RCMP uniform in image depicted in Jimmy’s Cannabis window

B.C. conservation officers put down fawn blinded by pellet gun on Vancouver Island

Young deer found near construction site in Hammond Bay area in Nanaimo, B.C.

Laid-off forest workers converge on B.C. legislature

Loggers call for action on strike, provincial stumpage

Most Read