Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Brighton College Christmas Food Drive Will Help Hard-Hit Communities

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Brighton College Food Drive

Giving back: three Brighton College campuses are participating in Christmas Food Drive.

This holiday season, the students and faculty at Brighton College’s campuses in Burnaby, Surrey and Vancouver help the area’s hard-hit communities with its first Christmas Food Drive. Brighton’s sister school, Alexander College, is also collecting for the drive, which runs until Monday, December 23rd.

“The Food Drive was organized by the school’s staff,” says Brighton College marketing coordinator Jessica Hurford. “However, everyone is welcome to participate as much as they like.”

Food Bank Canada’s recently-released 2013 annual report offered up some rather gloomy statistics. While the number of food bank users in B.C. has dropped slightly from last year, there has been an overall increase of 20.4 per cent in the total number of people using food banks.

Brighton College has raised money for a number of charities in the past, including a team run in Run for the Cure, and fundraisers for Movember and typhoon victims in the Philippines, but the Food Drive hits a little closer to home. All donations will go to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society, which provides assistance to over 28,000 people every week, 26 per cent of which are children.

“Our students are proving to be very generous with their donations at each campus,” says Hurford. “I think the students are pleased to see that their school is giving back to the community.”

This year, the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society is focusing is on encouraging its users to cook more wholesome meals. Brighton College is encouraging staff and students to donate healthy items like natural peanut butter, whole wheat pasta and rice, 100% fruit juices and whole-grain cereals. Instant food and formula are other often-overlooked items.

Hurford says that Brighton College’s involvement with the Food Bank and other charities will extend past the holiday season.

“We are planning to get more involved in 2014 outside the holiday season,” she says, “when charities such as the food bank might be struggling for food or goods to support their clients.”

Collections will continue until Monday, when the food accumulated from all the campuses will be delivered to the Food Bank. “We haven’t yet had the opportunity yet to find out what we have accumulated so far,” she says, “but … the response has been positive, and we hope that in continuing with events such as this to be able to give back more!”

Linda Galeazzi
Author: Linda Galeazzi
Linda Galeazzi has been an online writer and proof reader for several years.
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