By Camille Aubin

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December is upon us, and Copper Point Golf Club is putting on the 18th annual Feed the Town event to make sure all those living in the Columbia Valley have a holiday meal during the upcoming holiday season.

“Last year the support from everyone was amazing, and donations record breaking, and we hope for the same this year,” said the Columbia Valley Food Bank (CVFB) on its Facebook page. “The CVFB is so appreciative of the efforts of Brian Schaal and his staff in making this fundraising event possible.”

Feed the Town will host the event at Copper Point Golf Club on Sunday, Dec. 5, from noon to 7 p.m. or until the food runs out. Residents are encouraged to attend and, if possible, to donate monetary and food donations to the CVFB, such as non-perishable food items, toilet paper, toothpaste, diapers, etc. 

“Every year, the Copper Point Team and many volunteers make this community initiative a huge success. We are so proud to support our community and can’t believe this is the 18th year,” said Brian Schaal, general manager of Copper Point Golf Club. “Santa and the Grinch will be here handing out meals and available for pictures.”

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the format of Feed the Town will also be the same as the successful drive-through event last year, which took place in front of the Copper Point clubhouse. Reservations are not required. The prepackaged meal will consist of the usual holiday favourites; turkey, ham, mixed vegetables, mash potatoes, stuffing, and gravy. “They will have to take the meal home and reheat it,” explained Schaal.

Last year, approximately 1,100 meals were served during the 17th Feed the Town. Three truck-loads of non-perishable food were donated, and a total of $11,145 in cash or check was collected during the fundraising. Schaal is hoping “to feed 1,200 people and raise over $12,000 and 5 truck-loads of food.”

“A huge thank you to everyone that continues to come out and support the event with non-perishable food items and cash or check donations to the Columbia Valley Food Bank. We live in a great community,” said Schaal.