Mark September 21 on your calendars!

It’s nearly time for the 2019 Kitimat Food Drive

Volunteers collected over 7,000 pounds of food in 2018. (File photo)

Get ready to dig into your pantries, raid the larder or pop a few extra items into your shopping buggy while at the store – the 2019 Kitimat BC Thanksgiving Food Drive takes place on Saturday, September 21.

One of the Food Drive organizers, Leisl Kaberry, said 7,074 lbs of food was collected in 2018, which was slightly less than was collected in 2017.

“However, despite the fact that there were a lot of empty houses in Kitimat last year, we still managed to collect a lot of food,” said Kaberry, who is quite sure last year’s total will be topped this year.

As always, donating is quite simple – on September 21, place unopened, non-perishable food items in a bag, attach a flyer which will be placed in your mailbox before the Food Drive and place the donated items on your doorstep by 9:30 a.m.

Items of need include canned meat/fish, canned fruit/vegetables, peanut butter, baby formula/baby food, rice, whole-wheat pasta and sauce.

“We will not ring your doorbell on collection day, and we do not solicit financial donations. Your contribution will go directly to the Kitimat Food Bank,” said Kaberry.

Food Drive volunteers will be driving around Kitimat collecting the bags from doorsteps.

“It’s important to note that while we do our best to cover most streets in Kitimat there may be some that are not done,” said Kaberry.

If people do not receive a bag to put their donations into they are always welcome to bring a bag of food to the Food Bank in the City Centre Mall, or drop off a bag off in either the donation box at the front of Save On Foods store, or at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints chapel at 823 Kuldo Blvd. any time from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday 21.

Alternatively, you can also call 778-818-0446 for more information.

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