Volunteers and local businesses are showing their support for the Golden Food Bank annual Food Drive.
“Our annual food drive is being held on Saturday, May 11. We are encouraging local residents to leave non-perishable food on their doorsteps in a bag or a box before 12 p.m.,” said Barb Davies, Director of the Golden Food Bank Society.
Volunteers will be circulating throughout the community in the afternoon on May 11 to pickup the donations. Last year the event raised over $14,000 in donations for the Food Bank.
“That type of donation will last us until the end of June if not longer,” Davies said.
She said anyone who lives outside of Golden can drop by the Food Bank, Overwatea, The Bargain Shop or the Visitors Centre to make a donation in the week following the event.
During the week long event, Overwatea will be putting together bags of food that customers can purchase at the till for $7 that will go to the Food Bank. The event will be held in conjunction with Hunger Awareness Week which is an initiative held across Canada.
“Food Banks Canada has organized a campaign called Give It Up For Hunger. They are encouraging Canadians, on May 8, to give up breakfast, lunch and dinner to know what it is like to experience hunger for a day.”
Davies said that over 900,000 people accessed a food bank in Canada in the past month.
She added that in April, over 300 people accessed the Golden Food Bank with approximately 100 being children.