Volunteers sort donations during the 2016 Emergency Services Food Drive. ~ Photo by Alex Cooper

Food drive back to stock shelves of Revelstoke food bank

Emergency Services Food Drive takes place Tuesday, September 12

The Revelstoke Emergency Services Food Drive returns next week, and this year it is a one night affair.

Hundreds of volunteers, supported by the RCMP, Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services, BC Ambulance and other emergency officials, will be blanketing the community to accept donations for the Community Connections Food Bank on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

In past years, the food drive has taken place over two evenings, but this year the second day will be reserved for sorting food, said community food coordinator Jenna Fraser.

The food drive is the food bank’s biggest fundraiser of the year and has collected more than 27,700 kilograms of food and $28,000 in cash donations over the past six years.

It allows the food bank to stock its shelves and provide food to the more than 100 households that access the service every week.

It has been a tough year for the food bank; earlier this year, the shelves emptied out. Patti Larson, the manager of the food bank, said the situation has improved since then. “It certainly looks more positive than earlier this year. Food donations along with garden produce has seen an increase,” she wrote in an email. “This community never fails to step up when needed!”

For the food drive, the food bank is looking for:

— Canned tomatoes, vegetables, beans and fruits;

— Dried or canned soup;

— Tomato and pasta sauces;

— Canned tuna and salmon;

— Peanut butter and other nut butters;

— Rice, oats and dried pasta;

— Grains, seeds and granola cereal;

— Baby diapers and supplies;

— Personal care items;

— Pet food.

“In order to increase healthy donations, we prefer items with five or fewer ingredients, items with low or no salt and sugar, and no junk food,” wrote Larson in an email. “We cannot accept home canned products.”

Volunteers will meet outside the RCMP detachment at 5 p.m. and spread out across the community from there.

Just Posted

Okanagan Water Board opens floodgates with call for grant applications

Water Conservation and Quality Improvement program open from Armstrong to Osoyoos

Free public transit in Revelstoke this New Year’s Eve

City council approved the budget to cover the cost

Grizzlies’ goalie name KIJHL star of the week

Noah Desouza had an amazing game on Dec. 6

Snowfall warning issued for Coquihalla Highway

Up to 25 cm of snow is expected to fall in the region by Thursday

Revelstoke schools graffitied

Revelstoke Secondary School and Begbie View Elementary were defaced last weekend

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

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

Disturbing find: Shuswap family seeking Christmas tree locates several animal carcasses

Black bear, a coyote and five deer found dumped in gravel pit west of Salmon Arm

RCMP uncover meth in arrest of Sicamous woman linked to alleged pellet gun shooting

Police say methamphetamine and other drugs found in car driven by suspect

Pawsative Pups: Help your dog love their crate

Lisa Davies is a new columnist for Black Press who writes about dog training

Spark Joy: The art of giving and receiving

Barb and Wendy at Simply Spark Joy help you to create a clutter free home on the Black Press Media

Coldstream surf shop welcomes winter with paddle

Winter Chill event Saturday, Dec. 21, on Kal Lake is ‘food’-raiser for food bank

‘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

Most Read