Abbotsford Food Bank needs more support

The Abbotsford Food Bank wants local residents to pitch in and help out by donating food and funds this spring.

As the number of individuals in need continues to grow, community support is increasingly important.

To restock the shelves with nutritious and staple foods such as beans, canned meats, rice and cereal, residents in Abbotsford are encouraged to donate to the Extra Helping Spring National Food Drive, which kicked off April 8 and runs through April 28.

During that time, residents can purchase or bring non-perishable food items and drop them into the Extra Helping food donation bins in their local Extra Foods and Real Canadian Superstore locations.

People can also make a cash donation at the checkout counter. This year, the goal is to raise $1.2 million and 1.2 million pounds of food for local food banks across Canada.

In B.C., the most needed non-perishable items include: canned meat and fish, canned soups and stews, beans in tomato sauce, peanut butter, dry pasta and pasta sauce, and baby items such as baby food and formula.

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