The Estevan Salvation Army and Canada Post will team up on Saturday, September 21 for what is traditionally the biggest food drive of the year for the local Salvation Army.
Canada Post employees will circulate the community on the 21st and pick up non-perishable food items and garden produce left on people's doorsteps. They will start picking up the donated items at about 9 a.m.
Food will then be weighed in at the Salvation Army's Estevan location.
People who live in smaller communities are encouraged to drop off their donations at their community post office in the days leading up to the 21st.
Lieutenant Brian Bobolo said the food bank's shelves are pretty depleted, as they are now at less than 10 per cent of their capacity.
"The food drive is coming at a very opportune time for the food bank here," said Bobolo. "We really need the support of the community, not only in the donation of food but also in the donation of funds, because we use the funds to buy fresh items that normally don't get donated, and to purchase grocery items that don't normally get donated."
They also need foods that children would enjoy eating, Bobolo said. The Salvation Army supplies food for school lunch programs in the Estevan area. The best items are ready-to-eat foods that can easily be cooked and served to students at lunch time.
Canned vegetables, peanut butter, juice and other items in need would also be appreciated, he said.
The food drive will ensure the Salvation Army has enough food to get through the next two or three months. Then they will typically receive a significant number of donations around Christmas time.
The Salvation Army cannot accept outdated food, or food that isn't in its original box or container.