The annual Rotary Food Bank Drive goes September 12 this year from 5:00 p.m. until 8:30, when volunteers go door-to-door collecting donations of non-perishable food items in Grande Prairie.
They need over 600 volunteers and are looking for teams to manage 120 different routes.
“Our preference is if the volunteers can put together teams of three to five people and have a suitable vehicle that can haul at least eight to 10 boxes of food. Then they will form a team and we will give them a route,” said Jerry Napier, Rotary Food Bank Drive Coordinator.
The Rotary Food Bank Drive in Grande Prairie is the largest of its kind in Canada. Last year they set a record by collecting 46.5 tonnes of food.
“We’re looking to match that again this year and possibly exceed it. We have something that we didn’t have last year, and that is we have the fire department on board. They are putting drop-off boxes for those that we can’t reach at the fire department, open 24 hours a day,” Napier said. “Certainly, the canned foods and the dry goods are something that we’re looking for. Anything from the soups to the cereals to whatever is available there.”
There is a kick-off event taking place September 7 at the Eastlink Centre field house. It goes from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Over 30 teams of sponsors took part in the kick-off last year, raising over $9,000 worth of food. Napier says organizers are hoping for 50 teams and $15,000 this year.
“We get sponsors to sponsor a grocery cart, and then we have fun filling those carts in a chuckwagon type of event. It goes around and they have to pick up the food and fill the cart with it. The sponsors then, for $300 each, get to donate that cart full of food directly to the food bank.”
To pre-register visit www.gpfooddrive.ca.