Surrey RCMP gathered more than $3,300 and 3,000 pounds of food for the Surrey Food Bank during its recent four-day Pack the Police Car campaign.
The campaign ran from Aug. 14 to 17, with squad cars stationed at three local Price Smart Foods locations and one Save-On-Foods location. Cops gathered donations for the food bank's 65-plus Seniors Distribution program.
"This is a tremendous showing of support from the community," said Marilyn Herrmann, Surrey Food Bank executive director. "Working with great partners such as the Surrey RCMP helps us raise our profile and donations and ensure that some of the more senior members of our community have their nutrition needs taken care of."
Surrey RCMP first took on the Pack the Police Car campaign last winter - then called the 12 Days of Christmas - as a way to gather donations for the food bank for the Christmas season. They tried it again this summer as June, July and August aren't often peak months for food donations.
"Summer times are slow months for food banks and this is just reminding people that there are always people in need," said Cpl. Bert Paquet. "The general city was just phenomenal as always -definitely not a surprise from our community."
Paquet said the RCMP will likely hold another campaign later this year, also in the winter.
"After the success we had last year for the 12 Days of Christmas, we have already spoken with the food bank and plan on doing it again this year."
For more information about the Surrey Food Bank or to donate, visit surreyfoodbank.org.
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