Target Hunger is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year in our city.
Staff from the Lethbridge and Interfaith Food Banks say they are hoping to raise 60,000 pounds of food this time around.
The event will take place on June 10th with volunteers dropping off yellow bags at houses around the city just a few days before. You can then deposit in as many non-perishable food items as possible in each bag.
Mac Nichol, the executive director of the Lethbridge Food Bank, says they are in dire need of more volunteers to help with this fundraiser.
“What we do for Target Hunger is there’s two main ways to volunteer. There’s to do sorting volunteers where people come to the food banks on June 10th, and they help sort all the foods that people bring in and put it into our food bank. That’s a very important role. But one of the more important ones for Target Hunger is to take routes. So what it works as is a volunteer will come and grab bags from us, and then they go deliver those bags out to a neighborhood. Then they’ll go back out on the 10th again and gather those bags and full of food and come deliver them back to the food bank. Those routes are not getting picked up as fast as we would like to see. I think it’s been such great weather, and everybody’s making so many great plans. However, we’re starting to see some real gaps. I know south side has been doing really well. I think we only have nine routes left there, but the north side specifically really needs some help. We need to start filling in those routes.”
Nichol says the food banks are looking for canned fruit, soups and meats. There is also a need for Kraft dinners and other pastas.