Emergency Services Food Drive raises awareness about hunger in Revelstoke

The Emergency Services Food Drive is the largest initiative to collect food donations for the Community Connections Food Bank. This year's food drive will take place on Sept. 12. Be sure to listen for the sirens and have your donation of non-perishable food items ready!

The Emergency Services Food Drive is the major food drive of the year for the Community Connections Food Bank that attracts lots of community participation. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer file photo

Contributed by Community Connections

The annual Emergency Services Food Drive will once again raise awareness about hunger in Revelstoke.

The drive is also the largest initiative to collect food donations for the Community Connections Food Bank. This year’s food drive will take place for one night only, on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Emergency Service crews will team up with local groups and take to the streets to fight back against hunger.

The door-to-door campaign serves to nourish vulnerable families and seniors throughout the year with a collection of donated non-perishable foods. Each year, 25% of food for the entire year is raised during the food drive.

Community Connections’ Food Bank provides food for more than 279 local households each year – 30% of recipients are children. Food insecurity is a hard reality for many in Revelstokeand there has been a rise in the number of families and seniors in need of food resources. The food bank relies solely on funding and donations to feed vulnerable citizens.

Diet-related illness in the general population is on the rise and is especially the case in lower-income populations who frequent food banks. In order to prioritize healthy offerings, the food bank has made a “wish list” for food items. Monetary donations are also welcomed and are used to purchase healthy, perishable foods such as fresh vegetables and fruit.

Here is a list of most needed items:

  • Canned tomatoes (diced, whole, crushed)
  • Canned vegetables and beans (i.e. corn, peas, chick peas)
  • Canned fruit
  • Dried and/or canned soup
  • Tomato/ pasta sauces
  • Canned tuna/ salmon
  • Peanut Butter and other nut butters
  • Rice, oats, dried pasta
  • Grains & seeds, granola cereal
  • Baby diapers and supplies
  • Personal Care Items
  • Pet food

Listen for the sirens, raid your cupboards, and give food to help feed those in need!

If you will be away during the event or have missed a pickup,  food donations can also be dropped off  in the donation bin at Save-On Foods or at the Community Connections main office (314- Second St East) Monday to Friday during office hours.

For more information or to see how you can get involved, please visit the Community Connections website. 

Melissa Jameson is the civic affairs reporter for the Revelstoke Mountaineer. She handles the newsy side of goings on about Revelstoke. Got a news tip? Feel free to contact Melissa at melissa@revelstokemountaineer.com