Annual Hamperville campaign ramps up in Nanaimo

By Ian Holmes
November 30, 2018 - 4:37pm Updated: November 30, 2018 - 5:28pm

Volunteers organizing food donations at the Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank warehouse in south Nanaimo.Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

NANAIMO — It's the busiest and most important month of the year for the heavily leaned on Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank in Nanaimo.

Executive director Peter Sinlcair said the recently launched 15th annual Hamperville food drive, in partnership with the Salvation Army, aims to collect $400,000 worth of food for about 3,500 people.

“The community has always come through for us and we have started to see an uptick in donations. We're hopeful that continues right through to the new year,” Sinclair said.

People can sign up for food hampers at any of Loaves and Fishes' 11 food depots until Dec. 8.

Sinclair said hampers will be handed out between Dec. 10 and Dec. 22., while he said late registrations can be made and hampers delivered on the spot on Dec. 23.

Cash donations and food staples like canned meats, fruits, pasta, beans and peanut butter are in high demand, Sinclair said.

He said volunteers are needed to sort and assemble the hampers.

“We've got a huge number of volunteer shifts that need to be filled and without the volunteers the program doesn't happen.”

More information on the Hamperville campaign, including volunteering opportunities, is available here.


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