UPDATE: Food drive volunteers collect more than 4,800 lbs

More than 100 communities participate in Thanksgiving food drive, Prince Rupert, Terrace and Kitimat

Plastic bags were hung on front doors across communities in the northwest for the annual BC Thanksgiving Food Drive.

This year, the food drive on the North Coast collected more than 4,800 pounds of non-perishable food items.

The Thanksgiving food drive happened in more than 100 communities across the province, including Prince Rupert, Port Edward, Terrace and Kitimat.

Julie Slocombe has been a part of the food drive for six years as one of the main organizers. She said, as of Friday, they had delivered 4,200-4,300 bags to homes in Prince Rupert and Port Edward. The big change this year is that they have dropped bags off at a few apartment buildings as well.

Last year, the drive collected approximately 5,500 pounds of non-perishable food items in Prince Rupert and Port Edward.

“It’s great way to get the youth involved,” she said. There were more than 100 volunteers this year, and many of them are from the Prince Rupert Middle School Grade 8 basketball team, as well as the hockey academy and the youth group from the Fellowship Baptist Church.

 

Alexander Smithanik, one of the youngest BC Thanksgiving Food Drive volunteers in Prince Rupert, with his mom Aisa. The family delivered bags to homes on the North Coast this week and collected food on Saturday. (Contributed photo)

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