Agassiz’s Red Apple brought in more than 600 pounds of food for Agassiz-Harrison Community Services during its annual Thanksgiving food drive this year.
The food drive was part of an initiative by Red Apple stores across Canada: the Together We Care Food Drive. Country-wide, customers at Red Apple stores donated more than $119,000 worth of non-perishable food items.
In Agassiz, that number was $1,332 worth of non-perishable food items — or about 600 pounds of much-needed stores for the local food bank.
“Organizing food is a great way to make a difference in our local communities,” Red Apple president and CEO Clinton Wolff said in a press release.
“We feel incredibly grateful for the number of donations we received from our customers this year.”
Agassiz-Harrison Community Services offers a food bank program for residents requiring assistance, where they can come to the food bank on Thursdays between 10 a.m. and noon or 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to pick up perishable and non-perishable food items. Residents must pre-register at the community services office (7086 Cheam Ave).
The food donated from the Red Apple drive will go to support the food bank during the fall and winter season, which sees an increased need because of the upcoming Christmas Bureau program.
Residents in Harrison Hot Springs and the District of Kent can apply to receive a special food hamper with ingredients to make a Christmas breakfast and dinner.
Those who sign up can also access the winter coat closet and toy shop, which includes clothes, blankets, hygiene products, toys and gifts donated by the community.
Registration for the Christmas Bureau will be open until Nov. 15.