Thanksgiving is a time for families to get together and enjoy a feast of roast turkey and all the trimmings.
For many families across the province, the day is just another. Their plates will not be groaning with food.
Organizers of the B.C. Thanksgiving Food Drive hope to reverse that, giving hope not only for Thanksgiving Day but beyond.
The food drive is a provincial initiative created to help feed thousands of families in B.C. who rely on food banks for their basic nutritional needs.
Presented by various community groups, the local event in Langley runs the week of Sept. 11 to 17, when volunteers will deliver flyers with donation bags to select homes throughout the area.
If you live in Langley and are looking for ways to give back to the community, watch for a donation bag delivered to your front door, and simply fill it with non-perishable items such as canned meat and fish, canned fruit and vegetables, peanut butter, baby formula and baby food, rice, whole wheat pasta and sauce) and leave it on your doorstep.
All contributions will be collected on Saturday, Sept. 17 beginning at 9:30 a.m., and delivered that day to the Langley Food Bank.
For residents who do not receive a bag, volunteers will accept donations of non-perishable food on Sept. 17 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at 20370 – 82 Ave.
Organizers hope that with the help of friends and neighbors in the community, the local food bank shelves can be stocked in time for Thanksgiving.
For more information, visit bctfooddrive.org to find out more about donating or volunteering.