Christmas in August

The Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 556 launched a Christmas in August campaign to support the Comox Valley food bank.

Summertime is the hardest time to remind people of the need for food.

That is why the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 556 recently launched a Christmas in August campaign to collect food to support the local food bank at a time when they need it the most.

At this time of year, supplies at the local food back are critically low as they try to meet the demands of families that are challenged with additional back to school expenses and the stress of preparing healthy lunches.

To assist these families, a contribution of $500 along with 400 pounds of groceries was recently presented to Jeff Hampton, president and Susan Somerset, manager of the Comox Valley food back, from CUPE’s 566 vice-president Cheryl Sellers.

“There were some unexpected expenses that came with the move to the new location at 1-1491 McPhee Ave.,” said Jeff Hampton of the food bank. “This is another reason why this donation is so valuable to us.”

“The Comox Valley Food Bank provides such an important service to the Valley,” said Cindy Major, president of CUPE 556. “We would like to appeal to everyone to find that Christmas spirit a little early this year and help this organization stock their shelves.”

To assist with a donation to the local food bank, drop into the centre Monday to Wednesday from 9:30 to noon, and 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Fridays.

CUPE Local 556 represents the municipal workers of the Town of Comox, City of Courtenay, Village of Cumberland and the Comox Valley Regional District and are proud to serve the Comox Valley.

— Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 556

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