Emergency Services Food Drive will help fight back against hunger

Emergency services crews and other community volunteers will be going door to door tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 18, to help fill the shelves of the Community Connections' Food Bank.

In this file photo, Patti Larson, Community Connections Program, Director, Community Outreach & Development stands with a volunteer after sorting through donations received during the annual Emergency Services Food Drive. After a hiatus due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the food drive is back on in 2022. File photo: Community Connections

Submitted by Community Connections (Revelstoke) Society.

Revelstoke will be filled with the sound of sirens this evening, but it isn’t for the usual reason. Instead emergency service crews are teaming up with local volunteers to help fill the shelves of the Community Connections’ Food Bank.

The Emergency Services Food Drive is the Food Bank’s largest annual initiative to raise food donations and bring awareness to hunger within our community. For one night only, on, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, Emergency Service crews will team up with local groups and take to the streets to fight back against hunger.

This door-to-door campaign will serve to nourish vulnerable families and seniors throughout the year with a collection of non-perishable foods donated by our community citizens. Each year, 25% of food for the entire year is raised during this important 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 Revelstoke as we see a rising number of families and seniors in need of food resources. Our food bank relies solely on funding and donations to feed our vulnerable citizens- and we can’t do it without our community. Diet-related illness in the general population is on the rise and is especially the case in lower-income populations who frequent food banks.

A member of the Revelstoke RCMP helps other volunteers bringing in food donations. Photo: Community Connections.

In order to prioritize healthy offerings, our Food Bank has made a “wish list” for food items that are listed below. As always, monetary donations are welcomed and will be used to purchase healthy,perishable foods such as fresh vegetables and fruit.If you will be away during the event or have missed a pickup, please drop off food donations at Save-On Foods in our donation bin or at our main office (314- Second St East) Monday to Friday during office hours.

In addition to the door-to-door campaign, Save-On Foods and Southside Market accept $2 donations at their tills—ask a cashier to add it to your grocery bill to help the cause.

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

For more information or to see how you can get involved, please visit www.community-connections.ca.

Numerous volunteers help out each year at the annual Emergency Services Food Drive. Photo: Community Connections.

Wish List:

– Canned tomatoes (diced, whole, crushed)

– Canned vegetables (i.e. corn, peas)

– Canned fruit (in water/ low sugar syrup)

– 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

Note: In order to increase healthy donations, we prefer items with five or fewer ingredients, items with low or no salt and sugar, and no junk food. We cannot accept home canned products or items that have been partially used.

 The eighth annual Emergency Services Food Drive takes place Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 5 p.m.–9p.m.

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