The Community Connections Food Bank’s biggest fundraiser of the year takes place next week when hundreds of volunteers will blanket the community seeking donations.
The Emergency Services Fight Back Against Hunger food drive takes place on Wednesday, Sept. 20, and Thursday, Sept. 21, from 6–8 p.m. each night.
Last year, more than 300 volunteers collected about 5,000 kilograms, or 11,000 pounds, of food, and thousands of dollars in cash donations over the course of two nights.
Over the past five years, the food drive has collected more than 23,000 kilograms of food and $24,000 in cash donations.
It is an essential fundraiser that allows the food bank to stock its shelves and provide for the approximately 110 households that access the service every week.
“With projects waning, donor fatigue and fewer government contributions, Community Connections Food Bank needs our help,” said food bank coordinator Patti Larson in an e-mail to volunteers.
This year marks the first year of the food drive without its founder and organizer Krista Kallio, who moved away from Revelstoke for a work opportunity elsewhere.
The food drive sees volunteers spread out across the community, accompanied by emergency services personnel, in search of donations.
Expect a knock on your door next week.