To mark National Hunger Awareness Week, Sept. 21-25, the Greater Vancouver Food Bank (GVFB) is saddling up and hitting the road for three Spaghetti Western-themed events to kick off its crucial fundraising season.
The 'Most Wanted' food and fund drive events have a Spaghetti Western flavour with games, information and a photo booth, and the GVFB is asking the public to round up cash donations and ‘Most Wanted' non-perishable foods and drop them off at the following locations:
- Monday, Sept. 21 – Vancouver Art Gallery, from 11.00am – 1.00pm.
- Tuesday Sept. 22 – Royal City Centre, New Westminster, from 11.00am – 1.00pm.
- Wednesday Sept. 23 – Lonsdale Quay Market, North Shore, from 11.00am – 1.00pm.
Aart Schuurman Hess, CEO of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, comments: “We want everyone to come out and have some fun, but also take away some new information about the challenges people face and how we can help.”
Across Vancouver, North Shore, Burnaby and New Westminster, approximately 26,500 people access the Greater Vancouver Food Bank’s services each week - more than would fill the Rogers Arena, and the Orpheum and Vogue theatres combined. One in five is a child.
“We have created our Most Wanted items list to help guide people towards having the biggest impact possible in their community,” says Schuurman Hess. “ We are asking for food items that are high in protein, whole grain, lower sodium (salt) and lower sugar. These are familiar, basic shelf items that provide choice and flexibility.”
Most Wanted Items:
- Canned Fish or Meats
- Canned Beans, kidney, black bean, chickpeas
- 100% Nut Butters
- Pasta and rice
- Canned vegetables, including all pasta sauces
- Canned fruit, packed in its own juice or water
- Whole grain breakfast cereals
- Hearty soups, stews and chili.
For more information on Hunger Awareness Week activities by the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, call 604.876.3601.
About The Greater Vancouver Food Bank (GVFB)
The Greater Vancouver Food Bank is a non-profit organization with a mission to empower people to nourish themselves by providing access to healthy food, education and training. TheGVFB provides assistance to over 26,500 people weekly through 14 food locations and close to 100 community agencies located in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and North Vancouver. The GVFB is committed to its vision of accessible, healthy and sustainable food for all and through community collaboration, is pro-actively working to help end hunger. For more information, please visit www.foodbank.bc.ca
About Hunger Awareness Week
Hunger Awareness Week
is September 21-25, 2015. It is anannual awareness campaign that challenges Canadians to learn more about theissue of hunger, the important work of food banks across the country and how to take action. Together, Canadians can make an impact on the solvable issue of hunger in Canada and find solutions to hunger in communities across the country. A national campaign led by Food Banks Canada will be unveiled to support local efforts coast-to-coast with social media and other broad awareness components.
Hunger Awareness Week was created to provide food banks with an opportunity to educate about the reality of hunger in Canada and to encourage all Canadians to make a choice to help those in need. Close to 850,000 individuals turn to food banks for support each month, and close to 4 million Canadians are food insecure, struggling with not knowing where their next meal may come from. Today, more than 800 food banks and 2,900 affiliated agencies work in communities across the country to assist Canadians in need.
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