Kettle Shift in Port Alberni


Happy to do a shift with the kettle in Port Alberni on Thursday with my kettle-partner, Nancy Wilmot from “The Scoop on Port Alberni”. Thanks to Mayor Minions and Major Ramsay for stopping by along with so many other Albernians who recognize the importance of the Community Food Bank and Bread of Life at this time of year. Many people are reliant on these essential services in our community so please give generously when you see the kettle or drop by 4835 Argyle Street in Port Alberni; In Tofino, Fish and Loaves Food Bank is available weekly at the Legion Hall parking lot at 331 Main Street every Wednesday from 10.30am – 11.30am; In Parksville, drop off donations at 886 Wembley Rd (250-248-8793); in Cumberland, go to the Food Shed at 2688 Penrith Ave; in Courtenay, go to the Comox Valley Food Bank at 1255 McPhee Ave; and, in Ucluelet, 160 Seaplane Base Rd. If you have details of other ways to donate, please leave a comment on this post. Thanks, everybody

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