Thanksgiving food drive to help more in Prince Rupert than in 2012

This year's B.C. Thanksgiving Food Drive volunteers will be delivering donation bags to 2,000 more Prince Rupert residences than in 2012.

Thanks to an enhanced partnership, this year’s B.C. Thanksgiving Food Drive volunteers will be delivering donation bags to 2,000 more Prince Rupert residences than in 2012.

In addition to past community supporters, Fellowship Baptist will be helping the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and Food Banks British Columbia to accomplish the Prince Rupert effort. Organizers anticipate visiting twice as many homes as last year, and four times as many since Prince Rupert volunteers first participated in the province-wide initiative in 2011.

“We are happy to participate in this because we strongly support the work that Salvation Army does for Prince Rupert,” said Fellowship Baptist pastor Alex Hogendoorn.

More homes visited will mean more non-perishable food items delivered to the Salvation Army Food Bank.

“An increase in non-perishable food item donations will have a huge impact in this community. It will mean fewer children will go to school hungry and more vulnerable adults will be fed,” said Erica Collison, Family and Community Services Leader of the Prince Rupert Salvation Army.

“As part of a small community, we feel connected to each other and want to help one another,” said Julie Slocombe, Food Drive Community Liaison for Prince Rupert. “Next year, we aim to reach every home in Prince Rupert.”

This year, volunteers will drop off bags in approximately 4,000 homes from Sept. 16 to Sept. 19. Anyone wishing to donate non-perishable food items is asked to place them in the bags provided and leave them on their doorstep by 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21 for pick-up.

The food drive is sponsored province-wide by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and Food Banks British Columbia, and is supported by local and regional community partners.