The 12th annual Canada Post Employee Food Drive is just around the corner.
On Saturday, Nov. 26, the public is encouraged to place non-perishable food in bags by 9 a.m. outside your home for pick-up.
Canada Post Employees and their families will be collecting and delivering your donations to the Kelowna and West Kelowna food banks.
Canada Post Employees will deliver 41,000 flyers to area residents detailing how you can help alleviate hunger in the Central Okanagan.
By leaving your bag, postcard attached, in a visible spot outside your home or in your apartment lobby, you will be helping to feed hungry children and families.
“The annual Canada Post Employee Food Drive stocks the food bank’s shelves for winter,” said Vonnie Lavers, executive director of the Kelowna Community Food Bank.
“We have set a goal to raise 100,000 pounds of food this year. Every year I am amazed by the outpouring of community support. This annual event could not happen without the generous support of our partners and volunteers.”
Lavers said she wants to thank the Canada Post Employees along with The Daily Courier, Capital News and Source Graphics for helping food bank recipients get through the more costly winter months.
“Canada Post Employees volunteer their time one Saturday each year,” said Shirley Spencor, with Canada Post.
Spencor encourages everyone who can afford it to put out a 10 to 20 pound bag.
“The Central Okanagan is blessed with so much prosperity; now more than ever the food bank needs your help, please don’t let our trucks leave your neighbourhood empty,” said Spencor.
Lavers says that now through Christmas is their busiest time, with a number of important community events and campaigns planned:
Cast A Light, on now until Dec. 31
• The Kelowna food bank and Castanet.net’s fifth annual campaign to increase awareness around the issues of poverty and hunger. People can read inspiring stories of health and wholeness and donate online at Castanet.net.
Astral Media’s Stuff-A-Bus, Nov. 25 to 27
Sun FM, Silk FM and AM 1150 along with BC Transit and Kelowna Regional Transit want to put food on the table for those needing some extra help this season.
And they have a busload of ways to do it, with the seventh annual Stuff A Bus campaign, taking place at The Real Canadian Superstore in Kelowna and in West Kelowna. Come by to say hi to the various Sun FM, Silk FM and AM 1150 announcers who will be onsite all weekend at both drop off locations.
Global Okanagan CHBC’s Good News Bears
For over 20 years, CHBC’s Mike Roberts and the Good News Bears have brought smiles to the faces of many and raised over $3,209,554 for local food banks throughout the Okanagan.
Loblaws Extra Helping’ National Food Drive Nov. 26 to Dec. 16
Bring your non-perishable food donations or purchase in-store items at area Extra Foods and Real Canadian Super Stores.
Wine, Spirit and Ale Trail open house, Nov. 26, 1 to 5 p.m.
Calona Vineyards, Tree Brewing and Urban Distilleries are pleased to be holding their inaugural ‘Wine, Spirit and Ale Trail’ Open House with product tastings, discounts, door prizes and goodies, this Saturday. Admission is free with cash and food donations going to the food bank.
CBC Day for Food Banks, Dec. 2
This year is the 25th annual CBC British Columbia Food Bank Day. All local and regional radio shows broadcast special programs to help inspire your generosity towards those who need the services that B.C. food banks provide. CBC Kelowna will be broadcasting live on-air from the Rotary Center for the Arts from 6 to 8:30 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m.
Capital News Family Skate Day, Dec. 3, 12:45 to 2:30 p.m.
Join the Capital News staff at the CNC for a fun-filled afternoon family skate. Admission is free with a non-perishable food item or cash donation to the KCFB.
Rock Your Stockings, Dec. 4, 4 to 8 p.m.
All-ages event at The Habitat, 248 Leon Ave., to benefit the KCFB. Tickets are $5 at the door.