This past Saturday across the province, the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive (BCTFD) along with its devoted volunteers and gracious partners collected an estimated 409,624 pounds of food for 49 local food banks this year with an estimated value of $700,000.
“It is a great blessing in my life to be part of such an endeavour, and a joy to work with so many wonderful people,” said Andrew Rolfson, executive director of the BCTFD. “Most importantly, the food drive has been animated by a spirit of selflessness and love which strengthens those who participate and creates a tangible sense of unity.”
This sense of unity was seen with the more than 125 Chilliwack volunteers providing over 351 hours of service to the outlying area, visiting some 5,280 homes and collecting 6,457 pounds of non-perishable food for the Chilliwack Community Food Bank.
The participation of the Chilliwack area namely the Chilliwack Rotary and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints along with some local businesses assisted the cause greatly by their time, service and financial contributions. Since the project’s inception in 2009 the BCTFD has collected roughly 1.4 million pounds of food, with an estimated value of $2,400,000.