Surrey's annual Vaisakhi parade is a day to celebrate and share the harvest.

Surrey's annual Vaisakhi parade is a day to celebrate and share the harvest.

Vaisakhi Week food drive to help the Surrey Food Bank

Food and donations can be dropped off at RBC tent locations on the parade route and at local RBC branches to April 19.

The Surrey Food Bank is partnering with the community to collect food and donations during Vaisakhi Week, a time to celebrate and share the harvest.

Food donations can be dropped off at five RBC tent locations along the parade route Saturday, April 18 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

The Surrey Food Bank truck and volunteers will be trailing the Vaisakhi parade at the end, to sweep and collect any donations vendors may want to donate.

From now to April 19, people are encouraged to drop off non-perishable food items during business hours at any RBC branch in the Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley. All food donated at each branch helps those directly in the local community.

As charitable, non-profit organizations, food banks operate solely on donations of money and food from individuals, organizations, and corporations, along with various fundraising events.

In spring, stocks begin to deplete, and by summertime, the food stocks will be at their lowest point in the year.

Some of the most-needed items include:

Infant formula

peanut butter

canned vegetables, fruit and tomato sauce

pasta and rice

cereal and oatmeal

canned or dry soup

dried beans and lentils

baby food (cereals, food jars)

*Please remember donations must be in original packaging and sealed.

For more, visit surreyfoodbank.org.

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