Posties set to help the poor

Canada Post workers prepare to collect food for the Parksville and area food bank

Canada Post is running their fifth annual People Helping People Food Drive in District 69.

With the help of Nanaimo vehicles and staff, around 30 Canada Post employees are expected to volunteer their efforts this Saturday, July 21 to help the Salvation Army Food Bank.

Canada Post offices in Lantzville and Qualicum Beach are hosting corresponding food drives in those communities.

Roxanne Adams, one of the Parksville organizers said they have mailed out 5,000 flyers and bags donated by Quality Foods to residences throughout the Parksville region in anticipation of the big day.

People can either drop food off at the main post office on Corfield during business hours next week (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or in the back on the food drive day, July 21.

On the big day posties will drive the streets collecting the bags of food from the front of people’s houses from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Parksville residents have donated over 20,000 pounds of food and $2,900 cash to the Salvation Army Food Bank in the past and this year they are particularly looking for: peanut butter, jam, canned fish, pasta and sauces, Kraft Dinner and Hamburger Helper, Alpha Getti or similar, 100 per cent juice boxes, deodorant, laundry detergent, feminine hygiene products, shampoo and conditioner.

The food bank helps an average of 400 families a month in District 69, which is up 35 from January.