Food Drive hopes to raise 12,000 pounds of food

The Food Bank’s Annual Food Drive collection takes place on Saturday, 21 September. Your donation enables the Food Bank to feed vulnerable families struggling to put food on the table.

It is getting tougher for vulnerable families on the Sunshine Coast to put food on the table proven by the fact that the Sunshine Coast Food Bank has witnessed a 30% increase in registered households since the end of 2018. According to Canada's 2019 Food Price Report, this is very much the case across our country. The report predicts the average Canadian family of four will spend $411 more next year on grocery bills.

The generosity of community members enables us at the Food Bank to provide a diverse and nutritious selection of food items to supplement our participants’ pantries. With over 900 registered households making up over 1,400 individuals you might imagine the need we have to ensure our cupboards are full each week. Most households only attend when their situation becomes truly necessary to receive support from the Food Bank. An average week will bring about 140 households to the food bank. As mentioned, families are feeling the financial pinch of the cost of living and so are we with our financial donations finding challenges to make those dollars stretch.

On September 21 there will be the Annual Food Drive collection where volunteers will place bags on your front door. There are two ways you can support this food drive. If you want to provide food items we would ask that you place the same product in the bag no matter the number as this assists the volunteers in sorting the more than 12,000 pounds of food we hope to add to our pantry. The other option is to place a cheque in the bag for any amount you would like to contribute. Monetary donations allow us to maximize our buying power which means we can purchase 4 times the amount of food that an individual might pay at the grocery store.  Whatever your choice I want to thank you on behalf of the staff and volunteers as well as the participants of the Food Bank for your generosity. Together we all make sure that everyone eats!

Sunshine Coast Community Services, the largest nonprofit on the Sunshine Coast, has been make our community stronger, safer and more resilient since 1974. Our organization supports over 5000 community members through 35 programs in four main areas: Community Action & Engagement, Child and Family Counselling, Child Development & Youth Services and Together Against Violence. Learn more about SCCSS programs here.