The B.C. Thanksgiving Food Drive is coming back to town.
Starting Monday (Sept. 18), residents should start to receive collection bags for the annual province-wide food drive. Locals can place non-perishable items in the bag and leave it just outside their door, visible from the street, for volunteers to pick up at the end of the week.
Donation pickups will be between 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23.
Donation bags should be in mailboxes by Wednesday (Sept. 20) at the latest. However, if you do not receive a donation bag next week, please contact the Agassiz-Harrison Community Services (AHCS) food bank Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 604-796-2585.
All donated items will directly support the local food bank.
This year marks the 16th annual B.C. Thanksgiving Food Drive. Originating in Burnaby, the initiative quickly spread to more than 105 food banks in 80 communities across B.C. It’s estimated more than 14,000 volunteers gather food from approximately 400,000 homes every year.
Last year, the B.C. Thanksgiving Food Drive exceeded their 2022 goal of 600,000 pounds of food, totalling 674,000 pounds. Approximately 21,000 volunteer hours were logged.
This year’s goal will be to gather 800,000 pounds of food.