Rotary Community Food Bank Drive
Thank you for your interest in supporting the Rotary Community Food Bank Drive. 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 Community 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.
Sadly, the need continues to increase. 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. Our goal is to continue to raise awareness and collect donations – both of non-perishable food items and monetary donations.
Ways To Help
Monetary donations. Donating funds through this site will provide the opportunity to purchase high need items. Tax receipts are emailed directly to you from Canada Helps.
Donate non-perishable items;
- Healthy, non-perishable food 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.
Volunteer your time. The Salvation Army, The Friendship Centre and The Annual Rotary Community Food Bank Drive are always in need of volunteers. Visit www.gpfooddrive.ca for more information.
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