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Food drive begins Sept. 11

With over 1,000 local people receiving help from the Langley Food Bank on a weekly basis, continued contributions from the local community are necessary.

BC Thanksgiving Food Drive (BCTFD) is a province-wide project organized to stock local food banks with essential items for those using its resources.

“Our goal is to provide those families who rely on our local food banks with the needed support during Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season,” said Daniel Bill, chair for the Fraser Valley Food Drives.

Partnering with the Langley Food Bank, the BCTFD volunteers will be delivering donation bags the week of Sept. 11 to residential addresses wishing to contribute non-perishable food items. On Saturday, Sept. 17, the volunteers will return to pick up the filled bag ensuring it goes to the local donation centre.

“We know there are many people in the community who wish to help the less fortunate but don’t know where to begin,” Bill said. “To make the process easier, we are coming to them in hopes this will generate more good will.”

Langley residents who do not receive a donation bag are welcome to drop off charitable contributions to the local BCTFD donation centre, located at 20370 82 Ave.,  between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17.

Without any government funding, the Langley Food Bank relies entirely on the support of local contributions. To learn what non-perishable items are acceptable, check out the Langley Food Bank website at http://www.langleyfoodbank.com.

For more information, see http://www.bctfooddrive.org.

The BCTFD began in Burnaby 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 and 17, collecting much needed support for local food banks.

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