Local church members supporting annual food drive

Local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints congregation members will be collecting food for the 100 Mile Food Bank Society

Local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints congregation members will be going door-to-door in 100 Mile and some of the 108 Mile Ranch, collecting food for the 100 Mile Food Bank Society on Sept. 14.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints branch president Neil VanderHorst says they will be dropping off the forms to people’s homes in 100 Mile and the 108 this week. Donations will be collected from people’s porches between 10 a.m. and noon on Sept. 14 and then they will take the food to the Food Bank.

The local church’s effort is supporting the Food Banks British Columbia Third Annual Food Drive, VanderHorst says, adding they need the help of local residents fill the shelves of local Food Bank.

For more information, visit www.bctfooddrive.org.

It’s easy to donate to this worthy cause, he notes.

“Just put unopened, non-perishable food items in a bag with the form attached, and place them on your doorstep.”

Specific items of need include: canned meat/fish; canned fruit/vegetables; peanut butter, baby formula/baby food; and rice, whole wheat pasta, and sauce, VanderHorst says.

“We will not ring your doorbell on collection day, and we do not solicit financial donations.”

He asks folks to place their bag of food on their front doorsteps and have them ready for pickup by 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 14

If your donation is not picked up by 12:30 p.m., or for further information, folks can call 1-855-742-2833 (Saturday only).

VanderHorst says the congregation has enough volunteers to do pickups in 100 Mile House and some of the 108 Mile Ranch, but the members want to expand the food drive area.

“We would be happy to partner up next year with another congregation or volunteer organization to reach further into the 108 Mile Ranch, Horse Lake and other outlying areas. Any interested party can contact me at 250-395-4412.”