Vernon gives record support for Thanksgiving food drive

Volunteers sort through thousands of bags non-perishables donated during the Thanksgiving Food Drive Sept. 25, which collected 37,800 pounds of food for the Salvation Army Food Bank. (Contributed)Volunteers sort through thousands of bags non-perishables donated during the Thanksgiving Food Drive Sept. 25, which collected 37,800 pounds of food for the Salvation Army Food Bank. (Contributed)
Volunteers unload bags of donations from the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive at Vernon’s Salvation Army food bank Sept. 25. (Salvation Army photo)Volunteers unload bags of donations from the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive at Vernon’s Salvation Army food bank Sept. 25. (Salvation Army photo)
A couple of cute volunteers help sort out donations from the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive Sept. 25 at the Vernon food bank. (Salvation Army photo)A couple of cute volunteers help sort out donations from the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive Sept. 25 at the Vernon food bank. (Salvation Army photo)
Volunteers sort through thousands of bags non-perishables donated during the Thanksgiving Food Drive Sept. 25, which collected 37,800 pounds of food for the Vernon Food Bank. (Salvation Army photo)Volunteers sort through thousands of bags non-perishables donated during the Thanksgiving Food Drive Sept. 25, which collected 37,800 pounds of food for the Vernon Food Bank. (Salvation Army photo)

Thousands of local residents have helped feed a need this Thanksgiving weekend, in record fashion.

The BC Thanksgiving Food Drive saw approximately 250 volunteers ranging in age from six years to 84 years of age, canvass Vernon and Coldstream and delivered approximately 11,000 paper bags to doorsteps throughout the community.

Residents were asked to fill brown bags with non-perishable food items and leave them on their doorsteps to be collected on Sept. 25. Volunteers picked up more than 3,100 bags filled with approximately 37,800 pounds of food.

“This amounts to more than double anything we’ve been able to collect as an organization here in Vernon, from previous years,” one of the organizers Jim Bieber said. “Thank you so much citizens of Vernon.”

The event, hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, also saw an army of volunteers from the House of Hope Food Bank who collected, weighed and stored the donations.

Save On Foods’ two Vernon locations also collected an abundance of food with bins on location.

And this year, for the first time, several schools in the district stepped up and participated in the event. Vernon Christian School, Silver Star Elementary, Kidston Elementary, Seaton Secondary and Kalamlaka Secondary rallied together and collected a whopping 2,000 lbs of food within their schools.

B.C.-wide more than 480,000 lbs of food was collected on the Thanksgiving Food Drive.

“It was an amazing labour of kindness, generosity and love that was performed by thousands of volunteers and donors who responded to an invitation to help,” Bieber said. “Here in Vernon and Coldstream, we cannot fully express how thankful we are to the citizens who generously donated to this cause. We truly do live in a great community.”

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