Gayle Ireland

School snacks top need for Goldstream Food Bank

Items including cheese and cracker packages, pure fruit juice boxes, fruit leathers and fruit cups are just some of the sought after items.

The Goldstream Food Bank hopes to fill empty lunch boxes this fall with snack donations from the public.

Items including cheese and cracker packages, pure fruit juice boxes, fruit leathers and fruit cups are just some of the sought after items.

Canned meat products are also encouraged for parents to make into sandwiches for their children.

The Goldstream Food Bank received 11,000 pounds of food from a successful food drive by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in September.

“Our stock was very low and there were big gaping holes in the shelves before that,” said Gayle Ireland, food bank president.

Cash is a preferable donation, as organizers can make the dollars stretch further by buying in bulk. Food banks across the region hope newly designed Food Bank B.C. coupons at local grocery stores will help bring in more cash donations as well.

The food bank has staple items it purchases but other items including coffee and canned stews and chili are only available when donated by the public.

“We have about half a dozen clients who live on the Galloping Goose and donations of stews and chills with a snap tops are good donations that they can eat right out of the can,” Ireland said.

To set up a donation call the Goldstream Food Bank at 250-474-4443.