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Your community needs your food
Volunteers are needed for several jobs to help feed Cowichan Valley's less fortunate before Thanksgiving.
The third annual B.C. Thanksgiving Food Drive organized by the Church of Latter Day Saints and other members of the community kicks off Sept. 16 and wraps up Sept. 21.
Folks are needed to make up 35 teams to canvas and collect and sort food donations next week.
"We would really like to engage teams from the community," said Cowichan Valley Basket Society's Colleen Fuller in an email to the News Leader Pictorial. "Each team needs a captain who could be the driver, a person to mark the route map (these are provided), one marker and two walkers to deliver bags to approximately 150 homes, and preferably the same team to pick up (from) the same route."
Volunteers drop off empty bags with an attached food drive flyer to be filled with unopened, non-perishable foot items.
Items needed include canned meat/fish, canned fruit/vegetables, peanut butter, baby formula/baby food, rice, whole wheat pasta and sauce.
Bags of food can be left on doorsteps, or other safe spot visible from the road.
Volunteers will not ring doorbells to solicit support.
Help is also needed to sort and box up donated items.
"The goal is to canvass 5,000 homes in the Duncan and Cowichan Bay area," said Fuller. "The distribution takes about three hours and is done on either the Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday day or evening and the pickup takes about an hour on Saturday morning."
A light lunch will also be provided afterwards.
"It is a great family event and good exercise," said Fuller. "The collected food (about 9,000 lbs) last year, are divided among the Valley Food Banks."
Folks interested in volunteering can contact Fred at 250-715-1393 or Michelle 250-748-5334.