Dwindling Food Stocks and Low Donation Rate At Vancouver Food Bank Spur Local Junk Removal Company to Take Action

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 6 /CNW/ - With 19 per cent fewer food donations this
summer over last because of high food costs, the Greater Vancouver Food Bank
Society is hoping a three-day initiative starting today by local junk removal
company 1-800-RID-OF-IT will help restock the Food Bank.
    Arlene Kravitz, spokesperson for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, says
there is always an increased demand for food items in the summer because
school is out and children no longer have access to breakfast or lunch
programs. However, this summer the situation is markedly worse because of the
rising cost of groceries and fuel. Also, cash donations are down 33 per cent.
    "A number of factors have joined together to create an increasingly
worrisome situation where the Food Bank needs all the help we can get," says
Kravitz, adding the Food Bank delivers food each week to depots in Vancouver,
New Westminster, Burnaby and the North Shore.
    1-800-RID-OF-IT, with a fleet of five trucks in Vancouver, is offering to
pick up non-perishable food donations from residences across Vancouver and the
North Shore tomorrow, August 7 and also August 8, free of charge. The company
will deliver the food donations to the Food Bank's main distribution center.
    Starting this morning, the trucks will be stationed at busy intersections
across Vancouver blasting Christmas carols to raise awareness.
    "We're looking to inspire people with a summer sense of Christmas
goodwill," says Mike McKee, President of 1-800-RID-OF-IT. "It doesn't take too
much effort to pick up the phone and call us to come and get those extra cans
of beans."
    Also, for the first week of August, 5 per cent of every residential junk
removal pick up will be donated to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.
    The Food Bank, which receives no government funding, feeds up to 25,000
people each week, with 41 per cent being children.
    For a free pick-up tomorrow or Friday, the number to call is

For further information:

For further information: Mike McKee, President, 1-800-Rid-Of-It, (604)
659-6684; Arlene Kravitz, Director of Communications, Greater Vancouver Food
Bank, (604) 876-0659, ext 103, cell: (604) 830-3989

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