Remember the Food Bank at Christmas

 I passed by the Campbell River Food Bank on a recent Wednesday and my attention was drawn by the long lineup of the people in need of assistance.

The Food Bank is not a conventional business in Campbellton but it carries a very important role in the services it provides to the Campbell River area.

So I contacted manager Debbie Willis to discuss how they were doing and she recounted that donations are still down this year as compared to last year.

The Food Bank provides for 2,200 monthly visitors, about the same as last year, and 45 volunteers from the community help to keep the operation going.

 

The Society bought the building it works out of as it was cheaper to do so than to pay rent. Considering that there are only two employees who get paid for 20 hours of work per week (and they both work a lot more than that!) it is an organisation running on a lean budget.

So at Christmastime let's remember to bless the Food Bank and the unfortunate people who need their services by coming down to Campbellton this Christmas and giving generously.

The Food Bank is located on 14th Avenue at the corner of Marwalk Rd., which is near the Eagles Hall and the auction building. Donations are received each day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

And let me take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped the Campbellton Neighbourhood Association make a positive difference for the better in all of Campbell River too.

The Campbellton Neighbourhood Association made a lot of progress in 2015, such as opening the community garden and lobbying for better roadways and improved amenities from the City, and with continued support from businesses and residents we will do even more next year.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!