The Manna Food Bank is running its annual food drive until the end of the month, ahead of its busiest time of year.
They’re hoping to raise $25,000, which Manna’s director Neil Somerville says will be used to purchase a better supply and quality of food than if they had gone door to door asking for pantry items.
However, Somerville says there’s a “remarkable difference” in food prices compared to last year, and they’ll take any help they can get.
“This year, we’re looking at over $100,000 of difference in just basic food costs, which is no surprise to anyone who’s buying groceries these days,” says Somerville. “To break that down a little bit further, a $10 donation buys about a pound of food. So, it gives us an idea of how you translate that $25,000 into food that’s going into the community.”
It also comes just before the holidays, where Manna will provide Christmas packages and seasonal food to its clients.
“We have such wonderful support within our community—individuals and families, schools, Rotary, Beaver Creek, radio stations and corporations—are so involved and so giving throughout our community,” says Somerville. “It’s just a wonderful thing that we can count on them, and at this time of year, we certainly do count upon them to help us with our bottom line.”
Donations are also being matched by the Paul and Ruby Erb Fund up to $10,000.
Somerville says you can make a donation via the food bank’s website or by sending an e-transfer to [email protected]. You can also drop off a cheque at its building at 345 Ecclestone Drive, which is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.