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Burnaby Mounties set to 'Cram the Cruiser' in support of local food hubs

Burnaby Neighbourhood House food hubs have seen a jump in visits his year, and local Mounties are stepping up to collect food, money and grocery gift cards to help fill the gap.
Burnaby Mounties pose for a photo during the 2022 Cram the Cruiser food drive.

Burnaby Mounties will be out in the community for two days this week trying to get local residents to cram a police cruiser full of food for Burnaby Neighbourhood House food hubs.

BNH runs two food hubs, one at North House (4908 Hastings St.) and one at BNH Community Hall (5024 Rumble St.) in South Burnaby, to support local residents experiencing food insecurity.

The Cram the Cruiser event comes at an important time for BNH, which has seen a significant jump in food hub usage, according to a news release.

The hubs were accessed 63,000 times this year, up about 15,000 visits from 2022.

"Every donation collected during the food drive will directly support people in Burnaby experiencing food insecurity and help Burnaby Neighbourhood House offer critical food programming through the holidays and beyond," Burnaby RCMP Insp. Peri Mainwaring said in the release.

Burnaby RCMP officers will be collecting food donations at the Real Canadian Superstore at the Metropolis at Metrotown mall (4700 Kingsway) from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 19).

On Wednesday (Dec. 20), they'll be at the Burnaby Heights Safeway (4440 Hastings St.) from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Burnaby Neighbourhood House's top 10 choices for food donations:

  • Zero or low sodium tinned vegetables, soups, and beans
  • Whole wheat or vegetable pastas
  • Low sugar tomato or pasta sauce
  • Peanut or other nut butters
  • Whole grain crackers and low sugar cereals
  • Unsweetened applesauce or canned fruit in juice
  • Canned tuna in water, canned chicken or salmon
  • Healthy canned stews or chili
  • Brown rice, barley, lentils, dried peas, quinoa, or couscous
  • Shelf stable milk and milk alternatives

Mounties will also be accepting grocery gift cards and cash donations for the food hubs.

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