Article and pictures by Tennille Barber
Last Wednesday and Thursday saw almost 400 volunteers come out, close to 200 each night! Even in the rain everyone was all smiles as the community pulled together to collect for the less fortunate. Tents were raised and Jane McNab directed the donations as they came in to their respective boxes. This being the 4th year that the food drive has gone on, much of what works and what doesn’t is all figured out and people go about their favorite jobs with the knowledge they’ve gained. Here’s a bit of what I learned:
It’s important to know the difference between “pork and beans” and “other beans”. Other beans being: garbanzo beans, black beans, etc. I am pretty sure Revelstokians are big hummus fans. There is still a lot of confusion about whether ravioli belongs in the “pasta sauce” box, the “canned soup” box or even the “other meats” box. Of course, the “other meats” box exists because there is a whole box just for “canned fish”, and it still shocks me how many kinds of meat you can get in a can. Like last year, I found a couple cans of “Manwich” which as far as I can tell is technically sloppy joe mix, definitely an “other meats” box placement. Tomato sauce takes up a whole box to itself, and although pasta is nothing like rice, they both go in the same box. Much of the discussion is about what to put in the “miscellaneous” box. In the first couple years it was boxes of things like toiletries and anything that wasn’t food. After that it became things like artichoke hearts and clam nectar. The best thing I learned this year? Clam nectar is what you add to tomato juice to make Clamato Juice. It may have been common knowledge but that tidbit escaped me all these years. Banana boxes make good can carriers, but only from the table to the pallet and the tops need blockers for the bottom because there’s a big hole. Chivalry still exists. If a lady tries to pick up a big heavy box of cans, you are almost certainly intercepted on the way to the loading bay by a sweaty but kind gentleman wanting to help. These are all the things that make me smile about the food drive.
A great thing happened this year, since everyone knew their jobs, Krista and Patti were able to go out on a ride to see the neighborhood in action. The fire trucks and police cars driving the streets with kids sounding the sirens and people going door to door is always a sight to behold. I’d like to personally thank everyone I get to see at this time of year, it’s been a privilege to see all the smiling faces and people who genuinely care to help, as well as the giving from others in Revelstoke.
Patti would like to thank everyone who came out:
Thank you Revelstoke, we couldn’t have done this without you!! We raised 11,400 pounds of food and the financial donations have increased to $5080.00 with the promise of more to come. A very special thanks to all the Emergency Services volunteers and community groups, the food sorters, Home Hardware for the donation of the driver and forklift to move all the food and to Wade and Kelly of City Transfer for weighing and moving the food to our storage facility. Much appreciation to Peter Humphreys for letting us use your storage area. Thanks to Brian and Donna of Tim Hortons for the refreshments and to Nico’s for the very generous gift of pizzas.
Krista Kallio you are amazing…thanks for your outstanding organizational skills and dedication to this project. We already have dates booked for next year!
From all of us at Community Connections Food Bank, our heartfelt thanks, we are truly fortunate to be part of this great community.
Director, Community Connections Food Bank