Help Friends help hunger disappear event

This Saturday, food businesses are organizing a drive to benefit the Friends in Need Food Bank.

This Saturday, food businesses are organizing a drive to benefit the Friends in Need Food Bank.

The event will be held at Save-On-Foods, 22703 Lougheed Highway in Maple Ridge, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It is designed to help food banks across B.C. bridge a spring gap when food bank donations typically decline.

The public is being asked to help fill bins with non-perishable food, joining schools and businesses that are collecting donations.

The Help Hunger Disappear program is an initiative by Save-On-Foods and the Campbell Company of Canada, and is now in its sixth year.

Shoppers can help support food banks in their communities with a purchase of any four Campbellā€™s soups or broths, Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers or snacks, or V8 beverages.

They will receive $1 off their purchase and Campbell will donate up to $40,000 to local food banks through an in-store Help Hunger Disappear coupon.

B.C. food banks are visited by nearly 100,000 people very month, and 29 per cent of these are children and youth.