Spring community food drive to support area food banks.

This week, TELUS volunteers will be delivering food donation bags to residents in Glenmore, Rutland, Lakeview Heights, Shannon Lake and West Kelowna Estates. Residents are asked to place their filled bag on their doorstep before 10 a.m. for pick up on Saturday May 31.  Donation bags will be collected by 2 p.m.

“Hunger is a year round reality for many Okanagan households,” says Lenetta Parry, Food Bank Executive Director.  “Despite a stronger economy, many in our community continue to struggle. Meeting the need is an ongoing challenge.”

According to Parry, the challenge becomes even more difficult “in the spring as donations received during the holiday season deplete. We are out of or running low on pasta, soups and cereal.  We have set a goal to raise 10,000 pounds of food.”

Parry hopes that everyone who receives a donation bag will support the food drive.   Much needed items include:
-    Chunky soup
-    Whole wheat pasta
-    Soup
-    Canned meat
-    Whole wheat crackers
-    Baby Formula
-    Natural peanut butter
-    Canned fruit and vegetables

Look for your bag on your door knob this week.  Donations stay in the community where they are collected.  Bags will be picked up by 2:00pm on Saturday, if you are missed, please call your food bank on Monday – Kelowna Food Bank, 250-763-7161 or Westside Food Bank, 250-768-1559.

Andre’s is helping to get the food drive started early.  This week, bring a non-perishable food item to any Andre’s location and they will match the dollar amount.
“We’ve got a family block party planned for everyone with a barbeque, music from K96.3 and activity for kids.  Staff from Andre’s will be here helping us unload and cheering everybody on.  It’s going to be loud and lots of fun.”  

“It takes many dedicated people to make an event like this happen,” says Parry.  “We can’t thank our partners at TELUS, Newcap Radio and Andre’s Electronic Experts enough for their support.”

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