Police fundraiser supports local food banks

Members will be collecting non-perishable food items and cash donations for the fifth annual Stuff the Cruiser

Hope RCMP Constables JP Vezina (left)

RCMP officers in Hope and Boston Bar are once again volunteering their time this year to help stock food bank shelves.

Members will be collecting non-perishable food items and cash donations for the fifth annual Stuff the Cruiser event.

All proceeds raised will help support families in need this holiday season through the local food banks. Items in demand include diapers, baby formula, soup, and canned meats, fruits and vegetables.

“It’s important to the community because it’s one of the major contributors to the food bank annually,” said Staff Sgt. Suki Manj. “What makes the job rewarding for the officers in small communities like this is when we can give back our time and energy to help people in need.”

Police cruisers will be parked at Cooper’s Foods in Hope from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 7 and in Boston Bar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kal Tire. A pancake breakfast is also planned in Boston Bar.

About 1,400 pounds of food and $619.80 in cash was raised for the local food bank last year, which included large donations from Hope Kal-Tire and 1st Hope Scouting. Residents in Boston Bar donated $904.84 in cash and 1,125 pounds of food.

For more information on the upcoming event, contact Const. Francois Lewis at 604-869-7750.