Residents and sponsors in the Parksville Qualicum Beach area have once again shown their overwhelming support for the local edition of the B.C. Thanksgiving Food Drive (BCTFD).
The annual event, held Saturday Sept. 16, drew more than 20 volunteers who went door-to-door and collected more than 5,700 pounds of non-perishable food for the Mount Arrowsmith Food Bank. The local food bank shelves need this boost at this time of year as more and more of the community is relying on this resource for their daily food, said Trina Jiggins, co-ordinator of the Mount Arrowsmith Food Bank.
“We are very thankful to Christine and all the volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for taking on this challenge,” said Jiggins. “We are so grateful to have received over 5,700 pounds of food for our community members.”
More than half of all the households that rely on the food banks are families with children; half these again are headed by single parents, according to a written release from BCTFD. In total, almost 40 per cent of the recipients of the food bank’s assistance are under the age of 18.
Other vulnerable groups include low-wage earners, those with inadequate employment and people on disability income assistance, BCTFD says.
— NEWS Staff and BCTFD submission