Food bank drive surpasses goal

A drive to restock the shelves at the Chilliwack Food Bank collected 27,000 food items on Saturday.

Volunteers Christine Munro (right) and Shawna Ferguson help sort donated groceries outside Save-On-Foods in downtown Chilliwack Saturday

A drive to restock the shelves at the Chilliwack Food Bank collected 27,000 food items on Saturday, exceeding last year’s total by 12,000 and this year’s ambitious goal by 2,000.

“It was an amazing thing to witness this past Saturday, as our community stepped up to help end hunger in Chilliwack and Stuff A Truck with non-perishable food items,” said Jonathan Kornelsen of Central Community Church.

The church’s youth group helped collect and pack the food, which went to the local Salvation Army Food Bank for residents of Chilliwack and Agassiz.  In addition, several hundred dollars of cash was also raised and went straight to the Food Bank.

The Food Bank is currently helping about 3,800 people in Chilliwack each month and goes through 4,500 to 5,000 items of food per week.

“It was a privilege for the youth at Central to find a way to help out in our community,” said Kornelsen, noting the support received from businesses like Save-On-Foods, Campbell’s Soup, 89.5 The Drive, Coastal Mountain Fuels, Fraser Valley Custom Printers, Kelly and Nicole Johnston of Sutton Realty Group, and the Save-On-Foods band “The Soup Cans.”