Thanksgiving food drive needs donations

Thanksgiving food drive needs donations

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The annual BC Thanksgiving Food Drive is nearly underway in Oliver. Volunteers, as seen above, will be delivering food donation bags. The donations will go to help stock the shelves at the Oliver Food Bank. Residents are asked to support the drive to help feed those in need. (File photo)

By Jordan Noftle

Special to the Chronicle

Along with the fall season’s many activities comes Oliver’s annual right-on-your-doorstep opportunity to help get those shelves at our local food bank stocked for winter.

Soon volunteers will be traversing Oliver and communities all over B.C. on foot to distribute donation bags and pick up food donations.

You might not think a few cans and boxes of food collected on each street would add up to much, but it really does. Oliver donated over 7,000 pounds of food last year. 

Oliver residents’ generosity in supporting the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive over the last seven years has meant that our Oliver Food Bank has fed many people in need.

Every month, approximately 500 people use the Oliver Food Bank to feed themselves and their families.

A sincere thank you to all who have donated in the past and to our community partners for helping get your donations to the Oliver Food Bank. Thanks to the Oliver Food Bank, Kevin’s NoFrills, Casorso and Company Chartered Professional Accountants, Sunridge Landscapes, Oliver/Osoyoos Sikh Temple, Oliver Alliance Church youth, The Best of India restaurant, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-days Saints and Oliver Dental Care.

Food drive volunteers will be delivering food donation bags the week of Sept. 10 to many Oliver homes for the eighth annual BC Thanksgiving Food Drive.

The donations in support of the Oliver Food Bank will be picked up on Saturday, Sept. 15. 

Those who do not receive a bag can drop off non-perishable food donations before Sept. 15 at the Best of India restaurant (6390 Main St.) or the Oliver/Osoyoos Sikh Temple.

We will also collect bags at the Oliver Food Bank (6047 Station St.) between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on collection day.

For more information please visit www.bctfooddrive.org or contact Jordan Noftle at jordannoftle@hotmail.com.

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