Salvation Army’s family service coordinator Andrea Voss was at the Save-On-Foods on Fraser Highway, handing out free reusable grocery bags as part of the annual Make A Dent food driver and fundraiser. (Roxanne Hooper/Langley Advance)

Donations drop dramatically for annual Langley foodraiser

A Langley food drive didn’t make as big a dent in hunger as organizers would have liked.

Charlie Neuburger was hoping he’d have to walk home after a fundraiser in downtown Langley City Saturday afternoon.

His hope was that he’d receive so many donations of non-perishable food items that it would fill the Craftsman Collision courtesy car, and there wouldn’t be any room for him in the driver’s seat.

While that wasn’t the case, sadly. A downpour of rain in the afternoon, he believes, dramatically impacted the amount of food that was collected during the annual Make A Dent campaign.

Neuburger is the manager of Craftsman Collision on the Langley Bypass, and he partnered locally with the Gateway of Hope, for his company’s annual drive to raise food and money.

“Our company, we’re raising food for the homeless,” he told the Langley Advance on site.

A team was set up at the entrance to the Save-On-Foods on Fraser Highway on Saturday collecting donations for the local Salvation Army.

But, donations were down significantly this year, compared to last.

In 2016, the Langley campaign received more than a thousand additional food donations (2,769 items), more than $1,500 more in cash donations ($1,889.60).

This year, they delivered 1,742 packages of food, and $397.10 to the local Salvation Army at the end of the day Saturday.

Neuburger noted that his company will be matching the contributions received this weekend, as it does every year.

That said, he confirmed this was the lowest amount of donations he can remember seeing in his seven years of participating in the drive.

Despite the drop in donations and the wet weather, however, he said spirits were still high among he and his staff, as well as the Gateway of Hope volunteers.

And the public, he said, remained positive – many taking time to thank his team for hosting the fundraiser.