The BC Lions are once again pleased to team up with Purolator Inc. to play host to the annual Purolator Tackle Hunger food drive in support of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and Surrey Food Bank.
The food drive will be held on Saturday during the Lions’ game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders at BC Place stadium and fans can take part by bringing non-perishable food items or making cash donations. All proceeds from the food drive will support the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and Surrey Food Bank.
At Saturday’s game, fans can bring non-perishable food items or cash donations to Purolator volunteers stationed at the stadium gates. In return, fans will have the opportunity to receive a digital photo with the Grey Cup and enter to win a signed Travis Lulay jersey. There is also a Twitter contest which will give fans using the hashtag #TackleHunger a chance to win tickets to an upcoming Lions home game.
Last season, the generosity of Lions fans resulted in a record total of 17,700 pounds of food being collected for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and Surrey Food Bank.
In addition to the food drive, each time a CFL quarterback gets sacked throughout the 2015 regular season, Purolator will donate the equivalent of the quarterback’s weight in food to the CFL hometown’s food bank.
Here are the details for the game-day food drive.
What: Purolator Tackle Hunger Food Drive in support of the Vancouver Food Bank and Surrey Food Bank When: Saturday, October 3 (starting at 2 p.m. and going through to the end of the first quarter) Where: BC Place Stadium (food collection takes place at all gates and the Grey Cup will be located at the Nissan Titian Tailgate Party at Terry Fox Plaza Who: Lions families, Purolator employees and Vancouver Food Bank and Surrey Food Bank volunteers
The Greater Vancouver Food Bank (GVFB) is a non-profit organization with a mission to empower people to nourish themselves by providing access to healthy food, education and training. The GVFB provides assistance to over 28,000 people every week through 15 food depots and over 100 community agencies located in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and North Vancouver. The GVFB is committed to its vision of accessible, healthy and sustainable food for all and through community collaboration, is proactively working to help end hunger. For more information, please visit www.foodbank.bc.ca
About Surrey Food Bank
Now in its 30th year, the Surrey Food Bank continues to play a crucial role as a social safety net for the communities of Surrey and North Delta. The bank assists more than 14,000 clients every month and supports more than 30 community-based organizations with food and other items to aid their programs.
About Purolator’s commitment to hunger
As part of its commitment to helping alleviate hunger in the communities where it operates, Purolator Inc. works closely with its employees, partners, agents, customers and food banks across Canada to collect donations and help raise awareness about the issue of hunger in Canada. Since its inception in 2003, the Purolator Tackle Hunger program has helped deliver the equivalent of more than 8 million pounds of food to food banks across Canada.
The BC Lions play host to the Saskatchewan Roughriders Saturday, October 3rd in the annual Purolator Tackle Hunger game. Kickoff at BC Place Stadium is at 4 p.m.