Give it up for hunger with a food bank fundraiser

Food bank hosts team challenge and auction

The Abbotsford Food Bank holds its first Give it Up for Hunger event from May 5 to 9 to  promote awareness of hunger in the community, and to raise funds to meet that need.

The event offers two ways for businesses and individuals to participate.

One is the Give it Up Team Challenge, a contest in which local businesses are encouraged to form teams and get creative with what they can give up for a week in order to raise money for the food bank.

Teams will compete against each other to see who can raise the most money, with the winning team receiving a trophy and prizes.

The other way to participate is through the Abbotsford Food Bank Online Auction.

During the week of May 5 to 9, donated items and services will be auctioned off online, with all proceeds going to the food bank.

More items are still needed to make the auction a success.

The Abbotsford Food Bank helps more than 3,000 people each month, 1,200 of whom are children.

The agency provides $2.5 million worth of food to the community each year and runs all of its programs – such as Basics for Babies, Blessings in a Backpack, a dental clinic, a soccer camp, emergency food, and the Christmas Bureau – on an $800,000 budget solely dependent on donations.

”Though the need is constant, during the spring and summer months our donations run dangerously low. We are hoping this event can bolster our monetary and food donations as well as increase awareness of the need in our community year-round,” said Dave Murray, food bank director.

Visit abbotsfordfoodbank.com/giveitupforhungerevent/ for details on how to sign up a team or donate an auction item.

To bid on the auction, visit abbyfoodbankauction.com from May 5 to 9.