Kim Metzger, president of the Sooke Food Bank, is looking forward to when the Christmas food drives refill her shelves but reminds people that donations are needed year round. (Tim Collins/Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke Food Bank looking for donations

Donations can be dropped off at SNM

The Sooke Food Bank’s shelves are looking a little sad these days, and president Kim Metzger is looking forward to the efforts of the community to help restock the shelves.

“We’re running very low on a number of items and have lots of empty shelves. We really need everything but things like breakfast cereal and even simple things like canned tuna are always welcome,” Metzger said.

“It’s so important to us that initiatives like 10,000 Tonight and the Santa Run that the fire department puts on are successful. Without those kinds of events, we would be in real trouble trying to feed the people who need help in our community.”

READ MORE: 10,000 Tonight initiative is coming soon

The Sooke News Mirror is also doing its part.

Anyone with a donation of non-perishable food item can drop it off at the Sooke News Mirror office at No. 4-6631 Sooke Rd. and we’ll make certain that it gets to the food bank. We’ll also be happy to accept any cash donations for the food bank.

“The Sooke News Mirror and all of Black Press wants to do its part to make the community a better place. We’re part of the community and take that role very seriously,” said publisher Rod Sluggett.

But as much as Metzger is looking forward to the various Christmas season food drives, she is worried about what happens after Christmas as well.

“People are still hungry in March or June, and sometimes people forget that we need the help year-round,” she said.

“One idea is to make a commitment this Christmas to make a donation once a month and keep that Christmas feeling alive all year long.”

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