By Lethbridge Herald on May 6, 2020.
Online sign-up is now live for Target Hunger, the annual food drive done each year on the second Saturday in June, when volunteers pick up donations from households in the city, as community members donate the most wanted food items for our local food banks.
At this time, Target Hunger is considered a safe fundraising event and will recruit food as an essential service. In light of the current situation, Target Hunger 2020 still plans to move forward.
Volunteers will be kept informed and updated with health and safety measures relating to Covid-19, and will comply with all health measures and social distancing recommended by Alberta Health Services to ensure a safe event for all participants.
The yellow collection bags are being phased out this year to reduce single-plastic use. Volunteers are now only required to pick up donations from their route.
There is a limited supply of bags available for volunteers interested in dropping off bags prior to the pickup date, and those interested should connect with Target Hunger co-ordinators.
As this is a city-wide event, volunteers are still needed to help collect food donations. Each volunteer will be assigned a route somewhere in Lethbridge and as this route may have up to 150 houses, someone in your volunteer party must have access to a vehicle. You can also sign up to help sort food at the food banks on event day.
The goal this year is to raise 100,000 pounds of food. The more groups able to help out, the more food can be gathered for local food banks.
You can sign up online and volunteer to pick up donations on an assigned route, or to help sort food at one of the food banks on event day. Routes will be available on a first-come-first serve basis, and online sign-up is open at http://www.targethungerlethbridge.com.