Residents asked to fill paper bags for those in need

The Greater Vancouver Food Bank will be hosting their Citywide Food Drive this Saturday, Sept. 15, with Burnaby and New Westminster residents being asked to contribute.

In the days leading up, Food Bank volunteers will drop empty, marked paper bags on doorsteps across Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and the North Shore, and the public is asked to fill those bags with nutritious, non-perishable food such as canned fish; canned chicken and turkey; canned black beans, chickpeas and kidney beans; whole wheat pasta and brown rice.

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The public is asked to leave those filled bags on their doorsteps before 9 a.m. on Saturday. Filled bags will then be picked up by GVFB volunteers.

Alternatively, those interested in donating funds directly to the GVFB are encouraged to visit www.foodbank.bc.ca/citywide, where, thanks to the Food Bank’s bulk purchasing power, the organization is able to convert each $1 donated to $3 worth of food for their 27,000 members.

“The Greater Vancouver Food Bank is asking the public for their support in donating nutritious, non-perishable food items for the 2018 Citywide Food Drive, which will directly help the 27,000 members that we serve weekly,” says Cynthia Kinsella, chief development officer for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. “If you are unable to donate food items, we encourage people to consider donating funds online, as we head into our busiest time of year.”

In addition, as part of the event, volunteers and staff from the GVFB will be on-site at Sept. 15 to collect food donations from the public at Save-On Foods on Kingsway and Willingdon in Burnaby.

The GVFB provides assistance to over 27,000 people weekly through 13 food locations and more than 80 community agencies located in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and the North Shore.

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