The Chilliwack Food Bank hopes to put boots on the ground this May to restock its shelves.
Food banks across the country, including the Salvation Army-operated Chilliwack bank, will hold a one-day "Give it up for hunger drive" May 9, to coincide with Hunger Awareness Week.
On that day, the food banks are asking organizations to hit the road between 6 and 9 p.m. and go door-to-door collecting nonperishable goods.
Last year, the Chilliwack Food Bank distributed 7,000 hampers to families in need. It also recorded more than 30,000 visits to its staples and produce line. The soup kitchen has averaged 30,000 clients a year since 2007.
"The numbers of disadvantaged seems to grow each year and the demands upon us all to help increase," said Salvation Army executive director Larry Farley in a press release.
"The problem of hunger is a persistent one. . . . It is not just the homeless that access our services but young families, single mothers, senior citizens, working families and all those that are financially challenged."
The Salvation Army's Ian Pratt said tinned proteins, tinned beens and tinned vegetables are the most needed, along with non-perishable items like Kraft Dinner.
"The food bank gets low at this time of year," Pratt said. "Hunger is a 365-day problem."
To avoid duplicating coverage, the Salvation Army is asking that those who plan to collect food contact them at 604-792-0001 and register their area.
Collectors will also be given volunteer pins or stickers to identify themselves.