BC Thanksgiving Food Drive (BCTFD)

The BCTFD Project is a province-wide initiative that helps feed thousands across BC who rely on food banks for their basic nutritional needs. The food drive in Squamish is coordinated jointly between the Squamish Multifaith Association and the local Branch of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Preparing bags and flyers for distribution – ‘The Great Stapling Bee’

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Our Volunteers are awesome! Over 4500 bags and flyers were deliveredOur volunteers are awesome

Volunteers Secret to Success of BC Thanksgiving Food Drive

 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.

 

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2017 BC Thanksgiving Food Drive

Saturday September 16 was collection day for BC Thanksgiving Food Drive. The BCTFD is a province-wide initiative that helps feed thousands across BC who rely on food banks for their basic nutritional needs. The local BCTFD event in Squamish is cordinated by the Squamish Multifaith Association in partnership with the Squamish branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and Squamish Food Bank. 75 volunteers participated in this year’s event helping to bring in a total of 9097 lbs of food for our local food bank. How do we do it?

Volunteers dropped off bags and flyers to 4334 homes the week leading up to Saturday September 16th. On collection day they, or another volunteer returned to the route and picked up the bags left outside the doors of those wishing to donate. A total of 1075 bags was collected and brought to the food bank where they were weighed and sorted.

This amounted to 8535 lbs. Add to that the very generous collection of 562 lbs of food collected at the Sikh Temple in support of the drive and the grand total came to 9097 lbs. This is truly a community based event, only made possible by the effort and generosity of many.

Huge shout out to the 75 volunteers who made it happen and the people of Squamish who gave so generously! !

 

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The BCTFD Project is a province-wide initiative that helps feed thousands across BC who rely on food banks for their basic nutritional needs. The food drive in Squamish is coordinated jointly between the Squamish Multifaith Association and the local Branch of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Working alongside the Squamish Food Bank and a host of wonderful community volunteers, donation bags are delivered during the third week of September to various neighborhoods in Squamish. The bags are picked up on Saturday of the week, sorted and stored at Squamish Food Bank. In 2016, 7600+lbs of food was collected.