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Coquitlam grocery stores collecting food, funds to boost regional food bank

According to Loblaw, more people may be turning to food banks due to higher costs of living and its annual spring event is set to benefit those in need.
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Fruits and vegetables on grocery-store shelves. | File photo

A national grocery chain is hoping to mitigate the rising cost of living and food insecurity so that Tri-City residents in dire need don't go hungry.

Loblaw Companies Ltd. is gearing up to host its annual Spring Food Drive, which will see a trio of Coquitlam stores set up collection stations for food and funds for the benefit of the region's largest social services agency.

All donations, including cash contributions, are earmarked for the food bank operated by SHARE Family and Community Services.

SHARE's food bank depot is located in Port Moody (2615 Clarke St.).

"It’s a hard reality that many Coquitlamites are in need this spring," explains Loblaw spokesperson Tonya Lagrasta in a statement to the Tri-City News today (March 28).

"Real Canadian Superstore, No Frills and Your Independent Grocer are committed to helping ease food insecurity across Coquitlam by mobilizing our customers and colleagues."

According to Loblaw, food banks are also feeling the impacts of rising costs, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic, when it comes to keeping the doors open.

Food Banks Canada (FBC) states more than 33 per cent of children rely on their services for meals and support.

"As we look forward to warmer days ahead, the reality is that the need for food banks remains high coming out of the winter months, especially given the challenges of the current economic environment," adds FBC CEO Kirstin Beardsley.

Last year, Loblaw raised $165,000 and collected more than 192,000 pounds of food across B.C.

The Spring Food Drive begins on Thursday (March 31) and runs through the Easter long weekend.

The initiative is encouraging residents who feel led to give to donate non-perishable items, including:

  • Wholegrain cereals
  • Peanut butter
  • Pasta
  • Pasta sauces
  • Canned fish
  • Meat
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Baby formula
  • Shelf-stable milk products

The Coquitlam locations are as follows: