Record-breaking campaign for the Vernon Food Bank

by British Columbia
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A total of $457,932.46 was collected during the Christmas Hope campaign which surpassed the 2011 total by $59,119.72.The Salvation Army’s Food Bank fundraising drive surpassed all records set during its 110 years in Vernon.“We are extremely grateful” said Capt. Jean-Curtis Plante.“We have surpassed a number of milestones this year thanks to the incredible support of our volunteers and an exceptionally generous community.”

In 2015, the demand at the Food Bank was the highest on record as well.The campaign target was $513,769.A total of 859 Christmas hampers were given out to 1,691 people which reflected 602 children, 206 teens and 883 adults.Volunteers gave 143.16 hours of their time interviewing each applicant to ensure those in need were matched with a sponsor and hamper. A total of $74, 790 in Christmas hampers was given away through the generous support of many local businesses.By the end of December, the food bank had processed 80,893 pounds of food, nearly doubling the amount in years past.The food donations also shattered all-time records.“This has left the food bank in a very positive and healthy position to support those in need in 2016,” said Plante.

“We want to say thank you to every individual and business that gave time, financial donations or food supplies. It’s this type of community compassion that makes Vernon such a wonderful city to call home.”

Story Credit –  Vernon Morning Star