Saturday, April 27, 2013
Volunteers door knocking for food drive May 8
Submitted by Ron Browne for Larry and Linda Farley, Chilliwack
e are so grateful each year for the support of our local Community in the cause of feeding the hungry in Chilliwack and surrounding areas. The numbers of disadvantaged seems to grow each year and the demands upon us all to help increase.
Through your support we are able to offer our Ministries within the community. Chilliwack Food Bank is a part of the Canadian Food Bank Association and is a vital part of our community. Each year we struggle to stock the shelves as our numbers increase, quality product becomes scarce and financial assistance becomes harder to come by.
Hunger is a complex issue with many root causes and in a country as prosperous as Canada; itís shocking to see so many struggles to get enough food. Close to 900,000 individuals turn to Food Banks for support each month in Canada, and of those, 39% are children and youth. The problem of hunger is a persistent one, with Food Banks providing comparable levels of food and other assistance for the better part of a decade.
Food Banks Canada, along with its provincial members and Food Banks across the country, including Chilliwack Food Bank are asking all Canadians to support Hunger Awareness Week May 6-10 and make a positive impact on the issue of hunger across the country.
Last year the Chilliwack Food Bank distributed over 7500 planned hampers to families in need and over 25,000 Emergency food line hampers. Our soup kitchen has averaged over 30,000 clients during the past 5 years and is vital to those that are in need of nutritional meals. It is not just the homeless that access our services but school meal programs, youth Food bank, young families, single mothers, senior citizens, working families and all those that are financially challenged.
Volunteers will be coming to most homes in Chilliwack on May 8 to collect food. If we arenít able to collect from your home on Wednesday, please take your food to the food collection bin in any supermarket in Chilliwack including Price Smart, Save on Foods, Superstore, Coopers Market, Walmart, Safeway or Marketplace IGA.
Non-perishable food items only. For health and safety reasons we donít distribute items that are past their best before date.
Financials donations are needed for essential perishable food. We are able to stretch your dollars with our buying power and the generosity of suppliers.
Download and print out a food bank financial donation form here.
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