The local effort of the annual provincial food drive culminated on Saturday, with volunteers collecting food from homes across the Comox Valley and bringing the bags to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints parking lot, where it was all sorted and shipped.
All 8,000 grocery bags full.
To say the British Columbia Thanksgiving Day Food Drive was a success would be an understatement.
Hundreds of volunteers came together to collect, sort and ship 11,680 kilograms of food stuffs.
That’s just shy of 13 tons of food.
Comox Valley Food Bank president Jeff Hampton was overwhelmed.
“The Comox Valley Food Bank is so very appreciative,” he said in a press release. “We are able to continue assisting families in need in the Valley through the generosity and caring of Comox Valley donors.
“We thank the organizers, in particular Mr. Wayne Schich and volunteers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, whose skills, logistics and dedication assisted the Comox Valley Food Bank, The Sonshine Lunch Club (Soup Kitchen) and the Salvation Army.
“We thank Slegg Lumber who generously donated their trucks which were invaluable in the collection of foods throughout the Valley.”
Hampton also thanked Quality Foods, for donating the 8,000 grocery bags.
“And to all the volunteers who made this extraordinary day possible we thank you most sincerely,” Hampton said.
The Thanksgiving Day Food Drive collected more than 410,000 pounds of food province-wide.