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Volunteers needed for 2019 Rotary Community Food Bank Drive

Rotary Clubs of Grande Prairie is in need of volunteers for the 2019 Rotary Community Food Bank Drive. The annual event set for September 17th usually sees around 800 people go door to door collecting non-perishable food items for The Salvation Army food bank.

This year though, Captain Peter Kim says they are well below their optimal volunteer numbers.

“We are not even at half of our registration at this point… I think the last count was just above 100 so we are really in need of volunteers.”

The group faced a similar situation last year when they said they still needed around 70 groups of volunteers 10 days before the event.

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Despite that, people still managed to collect a record-breaking 50 tonnes of food. Kim hopes to hit that number or better it this year as he says he sees the need increasing.

“Unfortunately, every year we have continued to increase the number of hampers that we are giving out yearly. Even at Christmas time, we’re seeing a spike as well and it’s a steady incline as we see the need grow. We are really asking the community to meet the basic human needs of food.”

Volunteers will be collecting items like soups, canned fruits and vegetables, dry goods and school snacks door to door from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Anyone interested in volunteering can visit the food drive’s website.

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