Donation bags to be dropped off in Mission

St. Joseph’s food bank coordinator Patrick Carey shows some of the staples the organization regularly hands out to people in need.

St. Joseph’s food bank coordinator Patrick Carey shows some of the staples the organization regularly hands out to people in need.

The B.C. Thanksgiving Food Drive (BCTFD) is helping stock the St. Joseph’s Food Bank shelves.

BCTFD volunteers will be delivering donations bags starting Sunday to local homes that residents can fill with non-perishable food. On Sept. 17, volunteers will return to pick up the bag, with all donations going to the local food bank.

Residents who do not receive a donation bag are welcome to drop off charitable contributions at St. Joseph’s, located at 32550 Seventh Ave., between noon and 4 p.m., Sept. 17.

Without any government funding, the food bank relies entirely on the support of local contributions. To learn what non-perishable items are acceptable visit www.foodbankscanada.ca. For more information, go to www.bctfooddrive.org.

The BCTFD began in Burnaby, B.C. in 2009 as a local effort by non-denominational groups to serve their less-fortunate neighbours. Now in its third year, the BCTFD project has expanded to include more than 40 communities across the province with 3,000 volunteers who will visit roughly 150,000 addresses between Sept. 5-17.