High demand for services means donations are especially needed for the second annual Summer Food Drive for the Women’s Resource Society.
Christmas is typically the busiest time of year, and the need for donations drops shortly afterwards. However, Executive Director Emily Goodman says demand this year has been unusual and the need remains high.
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“That just shows that there is a consistent and significant need.”
The centre services both women and their families in and around the Fort St. John area and has an average of around 200 women visit each month.
Louisa Varco is the food drive co-ordinator and says the goal is to raise 200 bags of groceries by the end of August.
Some of the most needed items include soup, pasta and rice, cereals like Cornflakes or Cheerios, and canned tuna or ham.
Varco says the summer drive is done to replenish the food stocks at the centre and also allows the resource centre to build a rapport with local businesses to let them know of the need for food donations in the community.
Residents who are unable to give non-perishable food items, can give cash donations and receive a tax receipt.
Donations can be dropped off at the Centre at 10051-100th Avenue.
For a full list of the items the centre is looking to collect, see the below attachment.