Grocer aids food bank

Like many local food banks, the holiday season is a crucial time for Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank.

With the arrival of the giving season, Nanaimo residents can visit the Real Canadian Superstore on Metral Drive and help support the local food banks by purchasing a limited-edition box of President’s Choice Blue Menu Deluxe Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese Dinner.

The $5 box of macaroni and cheese includes a $1 cash donation and $4 worth of non-perishable food going to Loaves and Fishes.

This unique box of mac n’ cheese is part of Loblaw Companies Extra Helping National Holiday Food Drive, that runs until Dec. 15.

The goal is to raise $1.2 million and more than 500,000 kilograms of food for food banks across Canada.

Customers can also donate by purchasing or bringing in their own non-perishable food items or by making a cash donation when they pay for their groceries.

Items in need at food banks include canned meat and fish, peanut butter, hearty soups, canned beans, baby food, diapers, formula and pasta.

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