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qathet region food drive organized

Lift Community Services and River City Coffee Roasters want to increase amount of food available for sharing
SEEKING DONATIONS: Lift Community Services family programs coordinator Jackie Storm and Conor Sketchley, of River City Coffee Roasters, are working together to collect food donations for the Family Place Resource Centre’s food pantry.

Lift Community Services and River City Coffee Roasters are joining together on a food drive to increase the amount of food available for sharing at the Family Place Resource Centre’s food pantry.

According to a media release from Lift, on November 22 and 23, qathet area residents are encouraged to bring their donations of food and toiletries to River City Coffee Roasters at 4871 Joyce Avenue. The most needed items include bread, pasta, rice, canned vegetables, cereal, oatmeal, shelf stable milks and juices, toiletries and personal hygiene items, the release stated. Family Place will be hosting a booth to collect donations at the café, between 9 am and 2 pm on November 22 and 23.

“With inflation pushing food prices higher and higher, more and more Powell River families are struggling to put nutritious meals on the table,” stated Jackie Storms, Lift’s family programs coordinator. “We’ve seen a huge increase in the number of young families struggling to afford food and everyday items. That’s why we’re asking residents to help us support and provide for the dozens of families who access Family Place each week.”

There are close to 200 drop-ins to the Family Place Resource Centre each month, and in addition to having young children, many of the families have something else in common: trouble affording nutritious food, the release stated.

“Our café is proud to be partnering with Family Place on this food drive, because we believe in every member of our community,” stated Conor Sketchley of River City Coffee Roasters. “It’s an easy way to make a positive contribution to the quality of life for so many Powell River families.”

Family Place Resource Centre is a drop-in community resource hub for caregivers of children up to six years old. In addition to the food pantry and weekly cooking groups, the centre offers drop-in playgroups for infants and children, caregiver support groups, and workshops with local service providers, the release stated.

For more information about Family Place and how people can support the work, go to

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