Food drive bonanza for Parksville food bank

Major Rolf Guenther with post office employee Becky Skipsey putting another donation into the Christmas Kettle.   - Brenda Gough
Major Rolf Guenther with post office employee Becky Skipsey putting another donation into the Christmas Kettle.
— image credit: Brenda Gough

The Salvation Army received a lot of food this weekend when employees of the Parksville Post Office filled their trucks with groceries they collected in the community on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Major Rolf Guenther, the community services co-ordinator for the Salvation Army said once again the community came through for those who need it and the donations were greatly appreciated.

“When we are in need people pitch in,” Guenther said. “This region is very generous and helpful. It is marvellous.”

Leah LaVallee, who runs the food bank for the Salvation Army said they needed pasta, pasta sauce, canned fish and peanut butter and they got bags of it on Saturday.

Those are the items the food bank buys on a monthly basis and she said this recent campaign will help replenish their empty shelves.

Guenther said they also got started with their Christmas Kettle Campaign and they received some hefty cash donations for that program as well.

He said the Salvation Army handed out 722 food hampers at Christmas time last year and he expects the demand for them will be just as huge this year, if not even larger.

Parksville postal employee Roxanne Adams, who organized this year’s Post Office food drive, said they had about 25 volunteers and their families help out and she was pleased with how much food was collected.

As of 11:30 a.m. Saturday there was well over 2,000 pounds of food.

People who missed out on the food drive can still drop off food at the Parksville post office.

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