No one knew how the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive would go last year — it was our first fall coping with the pandemic, organizers were still figuring out how to collect donations with less volunteers and more physical distancing, and many families were struggling.
But Chilliwack stepped up, donating over 11,000kg of food — a huge jump over the total the year before.
“People were really generous last year! We’re hoping to collect even more this September,” says Kathryn Turner, who volunteers with BC Thanksgiving Food Drive in Chilliwack.
Turner says food banks have seen steady use this summer, with the pandemic and wildfires increasing local need.
“A lot of people want to help, but they just don’t know how. This food drive is one very important way to make a difference,” she says. “Our food banks are empty — we need food!”
Doorstep donations, Sep. 25
Volunteers will be dropping off paper bags (labelled with the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive logo) to over 10,000 houses in Chilliwack this September. If you receive a paper bag, fill it up with nonperishable food items, and put it on your doorstep for collection on the morning of Sep. 25.
Drop off donations, Sep. 25, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Didn’t receive a paper bag? You can still help the cause by dropping off nonperishable food items at these convenient locations on the morning of Sep. 25:
- Salvation Army Food Bank at 46420 Brookes Ave. in Chilliwack.
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 6300 Tyson Rd. in Chilliwack.
- Agassiz Elementary Secondary School at 7110 Cheam Ave. in Agassiz.
Online donations, anytime
Cash donations are always welcome! Whether you receive a bag or not, visit www.bctfooddrive.org/donate to make a cash donation. You can direct funds to your local food bank, or any region across the province.
“We’re a completely volunteer-run organization, and every speck of cash we receive goes to the food bank,” Turner says. “The food bank can do a lot more with $100 than an individual person can, by buying in bulk and taking advantage of other discounts.”
From Sep. 12 to 25, you can also make cash donations at the till at any BC Save-on-Foods.
New this year, volunteers are distributing door stickers to about 500 homes with information about how to donate online.
“Vancouver adopted the door sticker program about three years ago, and we’re trying it for the first time in the Fraser Valley to reach even more donors.”
Volunteers are doing their best to spread the word and collect donations across Chilliwack, but more help is always needed.
Set up a collection box or donation jar at your office or local business. Go door-to-door in your apartment building or gated community collecting donations, then contact BC Thanksviging Food Drive to arrange a pick-up. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or send a message at facebook.com/bcthanksgivingfooddrive to get started.
If you’d like to volunteer on collection day, visit bctfooddrive.org/get-involved. You can also volunteer through the website justserve.org, which lists the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive and other volunteer opportunities by location.
BC Thanksgiving Food Drive began in 2008 and now collects donations province wide every autumn. Learn more at bctfooddrive.org.