Cops chip in to fill up Christmas food hampers Dec. 11

Chilliwack RCMP are gearing up for another ‘Stuff the Cruiser’ event to make sure the local food bank is well-stocked this Christmas.

Chilliwack RCMP are gearing up for another ‘Stuff the Cruiser’ event to make sure the local food bank is well-stocked this Christmas.

Salvation Army spokesman Ian Pratt said the food bank is “extremely low” this year.

“We’re really grateful the RCMP are on side with us,” he said.

RCMP officers in red serge hope to stuff their cruisers with cash or grocery items at three locations this year – Save-on Foods at 6014 Vedder Rd., PriceSmart Foods at 46020 Yale Rd., and Cooper’s Foods at 45635 Tamihi Way. They’ll be at those locations on Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“Charity unites a community and this is an event that requires the police and the public to work together for a common goal — to help people in our community,” Const. Tracy Wolbeck said.

Last year the event raised over $8,700 in cash donations and 9,120 lbs of food.

Pratt said the food bank prepared Christmas hampers for 1,500-1,700 applicants last year, but another 25,000 emergency hampers were handed out to the needy.

The food bank hands out 120 hampers every day of the year.

“That’s an incredible amount of food,” Pratt said.

But the Christmas season remains the food bank’s “biggest push” to help the needy, he said.

Salvation Army volunteers will start the familiar “kettle” drive for donations on Nov. 26.

The food bank’s “top-ten list” of needed donations: dry pasta, canned meats, baked beans, canned fruits and vegetables, macaroni dinners, canned meals like soup, ravioli or spaghetti, dry cereals, baby foods and diapers.

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