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Tons of food collected

Realtors in the North Okanagan have done it again.

The annual food drive collected more than 30,000 pounds of food in a single night.

The realtors, along with numerous other volunteers, canvassed neighbourhoods throughout Greater Vernon, collecting food that was then dropped off at the Salvation Army Food Bank.

“On the same night last year, we only did about 24,000 pounds and last night we surpassed 32,000,” said Lt. Stefan Reid of the Salvation Army.

“We are seven to eight thousand pounds ahead of what we were last year and we are expecting another four or five thousand pounds in the next two or three days.”

This is the 40th year for the food drive and to mark the milestone, a goal of collecting 40,000 pounds of goods was set, and Reid said by the time all the food is collected they will be very close to their goal.

“The realtors always surpass our expectations with this food drive,” said Reid. “This food will last us until well into May and June of next year.”

If anyone was missed during the food drive, they can call their favourite realtor to have donations picked up, or they can drop them off at the Salvation Army warehouse at 4609-23rd St.

Reid said none of this would be possible without the realtors and the support of the community.

“It's because of the support of the community that we can do what we do,” said Reid, adding the food bank provides up to 25 hampers a day year round and have already received 500 applications for Christmas hampers.

“Our community is our heroes. It's not us in our uniforms or sitting in our offices, it's the community who truly make our food bank run.”



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