A new food drive is looking to replace the donations sent to Prince George in wildfire relief.
The Markaz UI Islam is hosting their second of three food drives with the goal being to replenish the Wood Buffalo Food Bank’s stock after they sent supplies out west.
Executive Director of the Food Bank Arianna Johnson tells Mix News they sent around 24 pallets of supplies filled with food, water, baby products and other needed items.
“Paying it forward for everything that was done for us last year. Our friends at local food banks within the province of British Colombia, along with their provincial associations, extended their hand last year.”
Johnson notes food banks across the country have very close relationships. She says whenever a group has an excess amount of supplies – they would send it to other organizations who could use the added items.
The donations won’t just be used to restock their shelves but also prepare the organization to send out more supplies if the wildfire situation gets worse in B.C.
“If they have needs that we can help them with, we will absolutely continue to help them meet those needs.”
Johnson adds the Wood Buffalo Food Bank isn’t the only group helping Kamloops and Prince George as many different provincial food banks and organizations have sent over supplies.
The drive will be held on Saturday, July 29, with donations being accepted at the Downtown Safeway, Superstore, Walmart, Thickwood Sobeys, and Thickwood Save-On Foods.
Markaz UI Islam will hold their last food drive in October.