Every September for over 30 years, the Rotary Clubs of Grande Prairie have been conducting an annual campaign to collect food for the Grande Prairie and area Salvation Army Community Food Bank. Last year, due to the pandemic, the drive shifted to a virtual campaign with an online store offering a fun way to collect monetary donations. Once again, our community rallied and supported the drive, regardless of the format. Last year, there was an increase of 63% in the number of food hampers given out in our community. Of the 6,588 total individuals served, 44% were children.
This year, they are asking the community to come together this Tuesday, September 21st, for the reverse food drive at for the first ever hybrid in person/virtual food bank drive. From 4:00pm to 7:00pm, you can drop off your non‐perishable food donations at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 10404 102 Street.
Volunteers will be onsite ready to accept your donations. Captain Peter Kim from the Salvation Army said they wanted to get that community feel, of people donating and being a part of helping others.
“We're continuing to look for the same staples that we've been always looking for, canned fruits, canned vegetables, hearty stews, and peanut butter, or things like that that are non-perishable.”
While donating, you can also grab supper as well, as there will be food trucks on site.
The on-line store is now open. Go to www.gpfooddrive.ca to purchase items (donate funds) for the Food Bank, fill a hamper, or make a financial donation.