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Food Bank Friday: Sportsnet hosts broadcasting live, collecting donations

Last Updated Dec 11, 2019 at 7:03 am PDT


The Vancouver food bank is looking for volunteers and donations this holiday season

NEWS 1130's sister stations will be collecting donations and broadcasting live this Friday downtown

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – As the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society enters its busiest time of year, it is desperate for volunteers.

The society provides regular, critical, direct food support to over 8,000 children, seniors, and people with disabilities in Vancouver, New Westminster, Burnaby and the North Shore through 13 community food hubs.

And this Friday, several of NEWS 1130’s sister stations will be broadcasting live in downtown Vancouver for Food Bank Friday.

James Cybulski with Sportsnet 650 explains why it’s such an important event.

“It’s all about giving back, and as somebody who is trying to raise young women to be better people, just as I need to be a better person, having a chance to give back when you’re able to, I think is an essential part of life in general,” he says.

“We’ll be at the corner of Granville and Georgia, Perry Solkowski and myself will be broadcasting live from 5:30 to 9:00 a.m. and one of the greatest Canucks of the 1980s is going to hang out with us as well, dropping by in the 8 o’clock hour, Tony Tandy. So bring some food, make a donation and come hang out.”

Solkowski says he’s hoping a lot of people will donate and volunteer their time.

“At this time of year, when we’re so fortunate to be in positions that we are, and there’s others who aren’t – what a wonderful time it is to let people know how important it is,” he says. “So many kids in this Greater Vancouver Area go to school and they’re looking for food and they don’t have the essentials, so if we can bring it to light at this time of year – it would be fantastic if people come out and help the cause.”

You can donate cash or food outside of the London Drugs on Granville Street from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday.