Food Drive aims to exceed goals

4th annual BC Thanksgiving Food Drive to stock Port Hardy Harvest Food Bank shelves.

PORT HARDY—The BC Thanksgiving Food Drive returns to the North Island next week for the second year, and organizers hope local residents are as generous as they were during the inaugural drive in 2011.

Hundreds of individuals require assistance in the North Island Region from the Port Hardy Food bank on a weekly basis. Meeting this demand requires a continuing stream of contributions from the general public. The BCTFD is a province-wide initiative organized to stock local food banks with essential items for those using their resources.

Drew Neilson, the North Island Chair, reported more than 1,500 pounds of food donations to the food bank last September.

“We had phenomenal success across the province last year, in total we were able to collect some 250,000 pounds of food,” said Andrew Rolfson, BCTFD Executive Director. “And we’ve set our sights even higher this year by expanding our collection routes and reaching out to additional community partners.”

Local BCTFD volunteers will be delivering donation bags to residential addresses in Port Hardy during the second week of September. Those who receive a bag and wish to donate should simply fill it with non-perishable food items and leave it on their front step before 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15. The bags will be picked up that day and delivered to Harvest Food Bank for local distribution.

“We anticipate having more than 6,000 volunteers throughout the province this year,” says Rolfson. “We know many people wish to help, whether by volunteering or donating food. We welcome all who wish to participate, and hope we’ll be able to surpass last year’s results.”

Harvest Food Bank is heavily reliant on the support of local residents. All types of non-perishable food items are needed for the food drive. For more information on the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive, please visit bctfooddrive.org.

Established in 2009 in Burnaby as a local effort to serve those in need of food bank services , the BCTFD has now expanded to include dozens of partner organizations and food banks serving some 50 communities throughout the province. Its fundamental purpose is to raise material and financial support for local food banks. For more information, visit bctfooddrive.org.

Just Posted

Cafe Guido manager spills the beans on new coffee shop drive-thru

“The core drink menu is the same, but there will be new drinks - new cold drinks and new food”

Arrest made in Port Alice mail bomb incident

A 73 year old resident of Whitehorse, Yukon, was arrested on September 13th and remains in custody.

Municipal spending outpaces population growth 4-fold in B.C.: report

Canadian Federation of Independent Business has released its annual operational spending report

Three mayoral races in the North Island

Elections BC has finalized their nomination list for municipal, local elections for… Continue reading

64 cats seized from ‘bad situation’ now in BC SPCA care

The surrender is part of an ongoing animal cruelty investigation with BC SPCA Special Constable

Woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart released from prison

Smart was 14 years old when she was snatched from her Salt Lake City home in 2002 by street preacher Brian David Mitchell

New York books editor out after backlash over Jian Ghomeshi essay

Ian Buruma, who was appointed as editor of the New York Review of Books in late 2017, no longer works for the publication

B.C. couple plans sustainable, zero-waste life in the Shuswap

Plan includes building a tiny house before the snow flies

Housing slowdown forecast to cool B.C. economy

Conference Board says pipeline, trade uncertainty affecting investment

B.C. hockey product eyes shot at Olympic spot with China

Fletcher is one of 24 who travelled to Shenzhen, China for the first official Olympic dev camp.

Are you feeling lazy? That’s OK – it’s just science

UBC study shows that humans are hardwired to prefer being sloth-like

LETTER: Who do we blame for the tragedy of Marrisa Shen’s death?

The B.C. girl was killed in a Burnaby park last July

Competition tribunal to hear B.C.-based case on airline food starting in October

The competition commissioner argued Vancouver airport authority had exploited its market position

Most Read