Rotary Community Food Bank Drive 2019                                         

 

August 30, 2019

 

Media Release

 

History

For over 20 years the Rotary Clubs of Grande Prairie have been conducting an annual campaign to collect food for the Grande Prairie and area Salvation Army Food Bank. The Food Drive is a door to door campaign to ask for donations of food and items necessary to daily living for those in need. Over the years it has grown substantially and now includes over 800 volunteers canvassing the entire city of Grande Prairie as well as nearby county residents. The 2018 drive saw a record 52 tons of food donated and stored within 3 hours, possibly making this the largest foodbank drive of its kind in Canada. 

 

Our Why 

Sadly the need continues to increase.  Our goal is to continue to raise awareness and collect donations – both of non-perishable food items and monetary donations.  Currently 1 in 3 single parent families in the Grande Prairie community live below the poverty line, which correlates to 1 in 3 children living with food insecurity.  Food Security exists in a community when everyone has access to affordable, sufficient, and nutritious food that meets dietary needs for an active and healthy life.

 

Logistics

The city of Grande Prairie, as well as the surrounding areas, are divided into 137 routes. Our goal is to reach every house in Grande Prairie, Clairmont and Sexsmith, but our success depends on the number of volunteers we have come out to participate. 

Each route is mapped and assigned to a team of 4-6 people. The teams are made up of Rotarians, community organizations, corporation employees, local sports teams, youth organizations and community members at large who just wish to help. The teams provide their own transportation and are dispatched with collection boxes and bags as well as signage to identify themselves. The routes take an average of 2 hours to complete. When the route is covered, the team returns to the warehouse to unload the food and enjoy a barbeque. The drive will occur on Tuesday, September 17th, 2019. It begins with dispatch between 5:00 PM and 5:30 PM and wraps up by 8:30 PM with the barbeque.

 

Ways To Help

Donate:

  • Healthy, non-perishable items. Canned protein (i.e. fish, legumes), canned fruits and vegetables, hearty soups, and school snacks.
  • Unopened personal hygiene items (i.e. toothbrushes, feminine products).  Tough decisions are made monthly between paying a bill or purchasing the necessary hygiene items.
  • Baby items. i.e. non-perishable food, pampers and formula.

Please watch the expiry dates. The Salvation Army is responsible for the cost associated with disposal of expired food items.  Last year the disposed items represented 12% food waste for The Salvation Army.

Consider monetary donations. Donating funds provides the opportunity to purchase high need items.  Donate online by visiting www.gpfooddrive.ca and following the Donate Now link.  Tax receipts are available.

Volunteer your time.  The Salvation Army, The Friendship Centre and The Annual Rotary Community Food Bank Drive are always in need of volunteers. Go to www.gpfooddrive.ca for more information.

 

 

Rotary Community Food Bank Drive Kick Off Event  

The annual Rotary Community Food Bank Drive Kick Off event takes place at the Eastlink Centre fieldhouse on Thursday, September 12th at 10:45 a.m.   The media kickoff event is designed with fun in mind and looks to create awareness for the upcoming door to door campaign.  Local businesses and community members are encouraged to donate $300 towards sponsoring a team.  Teams will participate in an obstacle course created to highlight the necessity of the Food Bank, and how it helps our communities.  Media members, sponsors and celebrities are encouraged to come out and participate in this year’s course, based on the game of “Life”.  The $300 donation will go directly to purchasing needed items for the Food Bank. 

Our goal is to have 50 sponsors at $300/sponsor.  If you would like to help us reach this goal please visit www.gpfooddrive.ca or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know that you would like to sponsor a team. 

This is a community friendly event.  We encourage everyone to stop by and cheer on the teams as they navigate obstacles in a fun, interactive way, learning the importance of supporting individuals in our community.

 

Lori Pollock
Swan City Rotary
780-814-9988

Jerry Napier
Swan City Rotary
780-512-4719

Captain Peter Kim
The Salvation Army
780-933-8013

 

Applications Closed


Due to overwhelming response, we have had to close applications for volunteers.

We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the community for the number of applications we have received. We have met our maximum number of volunteer applications for this years food drive.

We hope to see you next year!