Thanksgiving food drive this weekend

Organizers expecting over 20,000 pounds of food to be collected

The fourth annual B.C. Thanksgiving Food Drive takes place this weekend on the Saanich Peninsula.

The food drive, which is coordinated every year by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and others, saw about 8,000 donation bags dropped off at residences around the Peninsula this week which will be picked up tomorrow (Saturday) morning after 9:30 a.m. by volunteers.

Every single food item collected will be donated to the Sidney Lions Food Bank which serves over 1,200 clients on the Peninsula each month.

“We have 60 routes laid out and each route averages 100-175 houses,” explained Ted Murray, the coordinator for the Peninsula B.C. Thanksgiving Food Drive. “We dropped off the donation bags earlier in the week and we are expecting to collect around 22,000 pounds of food on Saturday,” he said.

Murray said in the first year of the food drive, the group collected 15,000 pounds of food.

“The numbers have risen each year we’ve done it as more and more people have become aware of it,” he said, adding that the volunteers who pick up the food see a response rate of about 30 per cent.

“We hope it grows again this year,” he said.

Anyone who didn’t get a bag dropped off at their home is encouraged to drop off their donations at the food bank in Sidney (in Iroquois Park).

“If anyone filled their bag and left it out but it didn’t get picked up, they can also call the number attached to the bag and someone will come pick it up that day,” he added.

The food drive, which takes place all over the province, ensures an influx of food into food banks during a particularly low time of year.

“From now until Christmas is one of the hardest times for food banks because many people don’t think about donating in the fall,” he said.

For more information on the drive visit bctfooddrive.org.

 

reporter@peninsulanewsreview.com

 

 

Just Posted

False missile alert for Central Saanich councillor

While on vacation in Hawaii, Central Saanich Councillor Alicia Holman was awoken… Continue reading

Central Saanich police chase down speeding biker

A motorcyclist from the Lower Mainland was caught on the Tsawout reserve… Continue reading

Victoria airport nearing billion-dollar mark in economic impact

Airport has nearly doubled its passengers and its impact on the economy since 2005

More buoys allowed for Brentwood Bay

Proposed number rises from 40 to 60

Victoria airport reaches nearly two million passengers in 2017

This year expected to see additional growth

Sidney’s Salish Sea aquarium to close for maintenance

First extended closure for the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea since it opened in 2009

Butchart Gardens is hiring now and paying more

Wages start at $15, job fair Feb. 20

Cash still needed for Stelly’s Cross Path

MLA Olsen wants more specifics first

Injured parachutist wants stolen backpack back

Bag contained important video files of 2017 parachuting incident

Late charge in Portland sees Victoria collect third straight WHL win

Matthew Phillips leads the way with three-point night in 4-2 win, Giants up next

UPDATE: Hold-and-secure lifted after Nanaimo RCMP locate student who threatened self-harm

Eight schools were under hold-and-secure orders after possible threat Thursday, Jan. 18

Suspected Toronto serial killer targeting gay community arrested

A 66-year-old man is charged with first-degree murder in disappearance of two Toronto men

Comox cannabis lab takes step forward towards reality

A former Comox Valley resident and current adjunct botany professor at UBC… Continue reading

Carpet bowlers have been excluded from BC 55+ Games and Canada 55+ Games

Gold medal carpet bowling winners not able to defend their titles in 2018

Most Read