In an ideal world there would be no need for food banks, everyone’s means would be sufficient to support themselves and their families. We do know that currently 400-500 men, women and children use the Squamish Food Bank each month. While this situation remains there will be a need for community support for our local food bank, which is why the annual BC Thanksgiving Food Drive is so important. This event is a collaboration between the Squamish Multifaith association, the local branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints and the Squamish Food Bank. We have a plan and a system but the success of the event is due in great part to a host of wonderful volunteers and the generosity of Squamish residents.
The 2018 BCTFD took place on Saturday September 15 and resulted in 8469 lbs of food collected and sorted, replenishing the Squamish Food Bank’s store of non-perishable food items. This large injection of non-perishable food is expected to last until Christmas. The wonderful thing about this event is that everyone can help regardless of age, whether stapling flyers to some 5000 bags, delivering them to specified routes or collecting the donation on the big day. Squamish is a fairly mobile community so while many volunteers return to help year after year, there is always a need for new volunteers. This year saw several routes adopted as a family activity. Students of the Leadership Class at Howe Sound Secondary took on nine routes and ten students from Quest spent the day at the food bank sorting the collected donations. RBC also sent a team to help. The Sikh Temple does a special collection each year to coincide with the event, which is a very welcome additional contribution.
Each year the network of volunteers and donors broadens making this effort one that continues to engage the community in an act of service and love. For that we give thanks.