Central Okanagan Community Food Bank is the motivation for a friendly challenge

"When schools are closed, the need for Kids Snack Packs and family nutrition programs is higher ..."

This Saturday at participating Save On Foods, Local Rotary clubs are marking their Rotary At Work Day with the lofty goal of collecting 15,200 pounds of food for the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank.

“(It’s) because I might be slightly competitive,” said Marjolein Lloyd, Westbank Rotary member and event organizer, wryly.

The Kamloops and Chase clubs have been enormously successful in their food drives since 2007, now collecting approximately 70,000 lbs of food twice a year by going door to door. In their first year, they collected an impressive 15,000 lbs.

“For our first time out, we’d like to at least meet that goal and since the Food Bank’s apple bins hold approximately 800 pounds of food each, I think 19 bins sounds pretty good,” said Lloyd. “Nineteen X 800 = 15,200.  Voila!”

In addition to competition, there’s also the drive to help out the community.

Regardless, the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank is game.

“We love big goals. Bring it on,” said Ami Catriona, director of community relations. “The timing is perfect as we work to stock our shelves for the summer. When schools are closed, the need for Kids Snack Packs and family nutrition programs is higher and the Rotary food drive will make a huge impact on that. We are so grateful for their enthusiastic support.”

The event takes place April 30 at Save On Foods.