A convoy of vehicles travelled from the Fraser Valley Auto Mall to the Abbotsford Community Services’ Food Bank on Saturday to deliver items collected during the annual food drive. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford food drive donates estimated $50k to food bank

Annual Fraser Valley Automall Food Drive donated $6,500 cheque, but up to $50,000 in total value

An organizer of an annual food drive for the Abbotsford Community Services Food Bank estimates this year’s event raised up to $50,000 in value.

The 12th annual Fraser Valley Auto Mall Food Drive convoy was held Saturday, and landed the food bank a large cheque of nearly $6,500. A parade of vehicles – including police and firefighters, with full lights and sirens – travelled from the auto mall to the food bank in spectacular fashion.

RELATED: Fraser Valley Auto Mall holds 12th annual food drive

The event was organized by now-retired firefighter Roy Ferraro, who had organized the food drive in the past and has continued the tradition in his retirement.

In the weeks leading up to the convoy, firefighters went door to door in local neighbourhoods to collect donations, while nine auto mall dealerships, Automall Autobody, local fire halls and Save-On-Foods took donations at their locations.

At Saturday’s event, food bank manager Dave Murray said seniors are the fastest growing demographic of new food bank patrons.

“There are hundreds and hundreds of seniors in this community who live in isolation, who have hardly any contacts – some of them have no contacts,” Murray said.

The convoy did two loops around the auto mall, located on Mt. Lehman Road, and headed down South Fraser Way to the food bank on Essendene, where they presented the large cheque and brought trucks full of food.

“This is an amazingly generous community. We see this every year,” said Mayor Henry Braun. “I don’t think we … fully understand the impact of what you are doing here today in our community, because many, many people are at their wits’ end.

“This is going to supply food to maybe a single mom with two or three kids who doesn’t know where their next meal is coming from (as well as) homeless people.”

Ferraro said the event will run again next year, with hopes of going bigger and better.

Report an error or send us your tips, photos and video.

Dustin Godfrey | Reporter


Send Dustin an email.
Like the Abbotsford News on Facebook.
Follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here


A special guest joined the Fraser Valley Auto Mall Food Drive convoy on Saturday as it travelled from the auto mall to the Abbotsford Community Services’ Food Bank. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Just Posted

Former Chilliwack mayor and MLA speaks at UFV

John Jansen makes presentation at Abbotsford campus on Tuesday, Jan. 21

Doxa Band performs at free worship event in Abbotsford

Program takes place Sunday, Jan. 26 at Central Heights Church

Alzheimer Society holds open house in Abbotsford

Event on Jan. 29 at Garden Park Tower is part of awareness month

Tougher burning rules considered by Abbotsford council

Staff suggest limiting open air burning to just two months

VIDEO: Highway 1 to look like winter war zone until owners retrieve wrecked vehicles

Tow-truck driver says 30 vehicles still dot snowy landscape, including one rolled-over dairy truck

After cashing in on QB gambles, Chiefs and 49ers to clash in Super Bowl

KC beats Tennessee, San Francisco dispatches Green Bay to reach NFL title game

VIDEO: SPCA and RCMP remove several animals, including pig, at private animal rescue in Langley

Home at 5500 block of 216th Street has undergone multiple seizures over the past five years

B.C. VIEWS: Few clouds on Horgan’s horizon

Horgan’s biggest challenge in the remainder of his term will be to keep the economy humming along

Victoria family focuses on ‘letting go, enjoying time together’ after dad gets dementia

Walter Strauss has developed an interest in music and now takes line dancing classes

B.C. forest industry grasps for hope amid seven-month strike, shutdowns, changes

Some experts say this could be worse for forestry than the 2008 financial crisis

Northern B.C. RCMP investigating alleged sexual assault in downtown Smithers

One person was transported by ambulance to hospital following RCMP investigation at Sedaz

Vancouver police probe second homicide in less than 24 hours

Woman was found dead in her Gastown home

UBC, Iranian-Canadian community create memorial scholarship in honour of victims

The Jan. 8 crash killed 176 people, including 57 Canadians

Most Read