Nanaimo food bank hoping to gather $70K of food in donation drive

By Spencer Sterritt
September 14, 2018 - 2:39pm

A legion of volunteers sorting through thousands of bags in the 2017 food drive.Loaves and Fishes/Facebook

Enough food will be gathered on Saturday to fill up to 30 pallets.Loaves and Fishes/Facebook

NANAIMO — This weekend, the Nanaimo Loaves and Fishes food bank is depending on Nanaimo residents to help them have enough food to last until Christmas.

On Saturday, food bank volunteers will travel all over Nanaimo picking up bags of food left on doorsteps. Twelve thousand bags were handed out this year, to be packed with goods from generous residents.

Loaves and Fishes executive director Peter Sinclair told NanaimoNewsNOW this is their second biggest food drive of the year.

“As we plan our annual cycles, we depend on the food that comes in through this food drive to get us through until Christmas. It's a big part of what we do and we're really thankful the community gets behind it.”

Sinclair said they expect to pick up $70,000 worth of food.

“Imagine 28,000 pounds of food,” he said. “That will be somewhere between 20 and 30 pallets. That's enough to fill a 53-foot trailer that you see driving around town.”

Loaves and Fishes helps over 3,000 people a month and also helps over 80 other non-profits in the Nanaimo community.

Bags will be picked up at 9:30 a.m.

 

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