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Multi-faith food drive keeps donations coming

Shoppers were treated to entertainment Sunday afternoon at the Blundell Centre Safeway location during the second annual Multi-Faith Food Drive, organized by Hand-in-Hand, a group comprising local religions including the Beth Tikvah Congregation, St. Anne
Shoppers were treated to entertainment Sunday afternoon at the Blundell Centre Safeway location during the second annual Multi-Faith Food Drive, organized by Hand-in-Hand, a group comprising local religions including the Beth Tikvah Congregation, St. Anne's Anglican Church, St. Joseph the Worker Parish, and Our Saviour Lutheran churches. Cash and non-perishable foods were colled for the Richmond Food Bank.
— image credit: Martin van den Hemel photo

Sunday afternoon's second annual multi-faith food drive was an upbeat affair, with live musical entertainment keeping donors coming to the event outside the Blundell Centre Safeway.

Volunteers from Beth Tikvah Congregation, St. Anne's Anglican Church, St. Joseph the Worker Parish and Our Saviour Lutheran churches led the fundraising effort for the Richmond Food Bank, which has a mission to provide food security for less fortunate local residents.

Both cash and donations of non-perishable foods were accepted by staff from the Richmond Food Bank, who were on site.

The local faith groups have come together to tackle local issues, and are now collectively known as Hand-in-Hand.

"This was our second effort and I hope we'll have this as an annual event," said Francie Steen, of the Beth Tikvah Congregation, who hopes that other religions will buy-in to this event in the future.

"It's special that we're Richmond-based people doing something for Richmond people."

Steen said poverty crosses all cultural and religious divides.

"And unfortunately it's a growing need."

 

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