Integris and Spruce Credit Unions are pleased to announce the second annual Hunger Doesn’t Take a Holiday Food Drive benefitting the Salvation Army of Prince George.
“We heard the plea from the Salvation Army last year at this time,” says Crystal Knudsen, supervisor of the Hart Branch of Spruce Credit Union. “I contacted my friends at Integris, issued a challenge which they immediately accepted and the Credit Union Food Drive was born.”
2009’s Food Drive resulted in almost 5,000 food items and approximately $1,000 donated to the Salvation Army during the two-week period.
“Prince George Credit Unions had a huge impact in 2009 with our Summer Food Drive Challenge,” states Dan Wingham, communications officer with Integris Credit Union. “This year, our challenge is not between the credit unions but out to residents and businesses in our community. Integris and Spruce have made an initial donation of $2,000 to kick-off the Food Drive.”
In speaking to the increased need in 2010, the Salvation Army’s Barbara Croome looks at, “a 39 per cent increase in food hampers, an 81 per cent increase in daily bread and produce, and a 95 per cent increase in meals served over year-to-date in 2009.
“It is of great concern that 37 per cent of people accessing our food bank services are children.”
Currently, Croome says, the Salvation Army has been averaging 18 food hampers per day at a cost of $75 per hamper.
“A food hamper will feed a family of four or five days so our goal for the Food Drive is to raise $20,000 in food and cash donations.”
The Food Drive runs from May 25 to June 110. Donations to the Salvation Army can be made at any Spruce or Integris branch. Additionally, people have the option to buy groceries and leave them at Save On Foods, drop them off at the credit unions, or take them directly to the Salvation Army at 777 Ospika Blvd.