The BC Thanksgiving Food Drive http://bctfooddrive.org/ began as a local effort in the city of Burnaby in 2009 by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to serve less-fortunate neighbours. Now in its sixth year, the project has expanded to include dozens of partner organizations and food banks serving some 50 cities throughout British Columbia, including Prince George.
In 2015, over 440,000 pounds of food was collected provincially by more than 5,000 volunteers (valued at approx. $1,100,000) and was sorted and delivered to community food banks. The goal this year is to collect over 600,000 pounds of food. This year’s food drive takes place September 15.
“We have been very successful with this program in Prince George and have increased the amount of food donated each year,” says Emily Albertson, Public Relations for the Prince George food drive, “All food collected in Prince George stays in Prince George and is donated to our local food bank. Together we can make a difference.”
Last year was the best year yet with over 22,000 pounds of food for Prince George alone.
Volunteer Canvassers will be around to neighbourhoods Sept. 11-13 to leave information brochures and collection bags. Please set your food donation bags out on your porch for pick up on September 15 by 9 a.m. so the volunteers can pick up your donations.
“Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care,” she says. “In this busy age in which we live, often it is our time that is the hardest offering to give. I invite you to get involved in this day of service and help those less fortunate.”