Students from the ADSS athletic teams unload bags of food for the 2017 food drive. Students and volunteer drivers will be in the community on Wednesday, Dec. 5 collecting food again this year. AV NEWS FILE PHOTO

Students from the ADSS athletic teams unload bags of food for the 2017 food drive. Students and volunteer drivers will be in the community on Wednesday, Dec. 5 collecting food again this year. AV NEWS FILE PHOTO

ADSS students collecting food for Port Alberni food drive

Athletics Dept. students will be out from 5–7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 knocking on doors

Students from the Alberni District Secondary School athletic department will be out in the community collecting food for their annual food drive late this afternoon (Wednesday, Dec. 5). Students will be driving around with six or seven team buses and other vehicles with drivers, knocking on doors between 5–7:30 p.m.

“We try to cover a much of the community as we can,” said Mike Roberts, a teacher and athletic director at ADSS, and organizer of the annual food drive. “Realistically, we don’t have the bodies to make it to every house in town.”

They will also have a ‘drive-thru’ food drop-off set up in the roundabout at the front of the high school on Roger Street, for people who would rather drop off non-perishable food items, or if people feel their house was missed.

“If they come into the roundabout all they have to do is give a toot of their horn and someone can come and literally pick (their donation) up from their window, and say thank you in person,” Roberts said.

The Salvation Army will have its van at the school to load with food items and take them back to the community food bank on Argyle Street and Fourth Avenue. Volunteers will stay at the school to take donations and organize students.

People will also be able to bring food items to the school office on Thursday, Dec. 6 and Friday, Dec. 7. A bin will be placed just inside the main doors at the school where people can drop them off during school hours.

“We’re trying to make it as easy as possible for people to donate food,” Roberts said.

For more information, please call ADSS at 250-723-6251.

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