Theophylya Balabin / Staff reporter  

The Share holiday food drive initiated by the international communication community of the student council, began on December 9 and will end on December 20. Donation boxes have been placed outside block 3 classrooms for all Gleneagle students to participate. All food collected will be sent to the Share family and community service food bank in Port Moody. 

Participating in the Food drive is a Gleneagle school tradition for the holiday seasons. Students bring nonperishable food items and drop them into the share box. The boxes will be taken away by fire fighters and delivered to the local food bank on Friday. “The purpose is to help neighbors and friends in our community have a more joyful holiday season,” said Shelly Zhou, grade 12 director of the international communication committee, . 

According to the share food bank manager, not only are there 400 to 500 registered Tricity families, unregistered families and individuals are vulnerable as well, especially near Christmas time. 

Pantea Omidian, grade 12 student council member who had volunteered at the food bank for five years, said, “The food bank is trying their best to pack a box of food for every family and every person that came to them. It benefits our community because when people have no money to buy things or don’t have ability to make good amount for food, instead of stealing out of stores, people can come here to pick up whatever they want and need.” 

Zhou, from the student council, has a list of food items that makes a good food donation: baby food, pasta, box cereal, can soup or stew, can beans or lentils, can meat or fish, peanut butter, can fruit, bags of rice, granola bars, pancake mix, boxes crackers, and family size juice cartons. “It is good to bring can food because it is always easy to warm it up and eat,” said Omidian. 

Kelly Cooper, leadership teacher, has been involved in the food drive for many years now, and said, “Almost every year, at Christmas time, we use the spirit of giving season to promote and to think about people in our community who may need some help. It’s not just about getting things during Christmas, it’s about being aware of other people who may be suffering. What’s great about the food drive is that, collectively, we can make a big impact.” 

This year, to encourage more students to get involved, the student council had shared the news in four languages announcement: Mandarin, Korean, Farsi, and English. “For those ones who don’t understand English at school, they can be involved in the community by bringing whatever they think they can,” said Omidian. The announcement will continue in English daily until December 20.