Nanoose food bank drive slated

If you’re not one of the 700,000 Canadians who rely on food banks for groceries this Thanksgiving, you have a lot to be thankful for.

NANOOSE BAY — If you’re not one of the 700,000 Canadians who rely on food banks for groceries this Thanksgiving, you have a lot to be thankful for.

Across Canada, demand is at record levels for many food banks.

“Sometimes people think only single parents use food banks,” said Charlie Brucker, who manages the Nanoose Bay Community Cupboard.

“But we find seniors, college students and people with chronic health conditions are regular visitors. We also have clients who work full-time at minimum wage jobs who just can’t stretch their pay cheques to buy enough food to last the whole month. They don’t have much left after paying for rent and transportation to work.”

On Sat., Oct. 8, residents are invited to participate in a drop off food drive for the Nanoose Bay Community Cupboard. Local Lions and fire department volunteers will be on hand to accept non-perishable donations at the Quality Foods parking lot, as well as in the multipurpose room at Nanoose Place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

From Oct. 3 to 8, food items may also be dropped off at the Coastal Community Credit Union, Nanoose Bay Elementary, Nanoose Children’s Centre, Fairwinds Activity Centre, Marina and Pro Shop and Canada Post. St. Mary’s Church and Christ’s Church Oceanside will also support the food drive by collecting food.

For details call 250-468-9888, e-mail info@nanoosecommunityservices.com or visit www.nanoosecommunityservices.com.

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