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The annual spring food drive at Loblaw grocery stores begins this week.
From March 31 through the Easter long weekend, Loblaw grocery stores across Canada will be collecting food and fundraising donations.
In Kamloops, Your Independent Grocer and Real Canadian Superstore will collect food and cash donations for the Kamloops Food Bank.
“Kamloopsians are very communal. Even a two-dollar donation at checkout goes a long way when lots of people are contributing,” said Tonya Lagrasta, senior director of sustainability and social impact at Loblaw.
“Similarly, just one or two items added to your basket for the in-store donation bin becomes hundreds of pounds of food when the whole community gets involved.”
According to Loblaw Companies Limited, the company’s 2021 holiday food drive raised $165,000 in cash and more than 192,000 pounds of food in British Columbia.
In a statement, the company said monetary donations can be more efficient for local food banks and provide flexibility to cover operating costs.
“While we look forward to the warmer days ahead, the reality is that the need for food banks remains high as we emerge from the winter months, especially given the challenges of the current economic environment,” said Kirstin Beardsley, CEO of Food Banks Canada, in a statement.
In addition to monetary donations, the company said food banks need healthy non-perishable items, such as whole grains, peanut butter, pasta and pasta sauces, canned fish, meat, vegetables and fruit, baby formula and long-life dairy products.