The holidays are almost upon us and the Copper Point Golf Club will once again be doing its part to make sure everyone in the Columbia Valley has a Christmas dinner with its ninth annual Feed the Town event.
“The goal is to raise funds and non-perishable food items for the food bank, and certainly over the last few years the way the economy is a lot of families could use that,” said Copper Point Golf Club general manager Brian Schaal.
Taking place at Copper Point Golf Club on Sunday (December 2) from noon to 6 p.m., Feed the Town is asking anyone and everyone to attend and, if possible, to bring a donation for the Columbia Valley Food Bank with them.
Schaal said a problem they’ve had in the past is that people assume the dinner event is only for the needy, however Schaal encourages everyone to come to the free event if they can, and drop off either a cash or non-perishable food bank donation.
“We want to make sure everyone has a Christmas dinner this year,” Schaal said.
On the menu this year will be the usual complement of holiday vittles including turkey, ham, vegetables, potatoes, soup, salad and of course, pumpkin pie.
Schaal said they’re aiming to feed anywhere between 850 and 1,000 people, and to help with that endeavour they’ll be cooking up at least 26 turkeys and four large hams along with the rest of the food — he estimates they cooked over 200 pounds of potatoes for last year’s event.
Of course, it takes a mighty number of volunteers to help with cooking all the food and the clean up, and while Schaal said they’re lucky enough to already have a dedicated list of volunteers year after year, they can almost always find a job for someone who wants to help out.
“It’s a community initiative, where we all get together and make this happen,” Schaal said. “These things can’t go off without the volunteers and the donations that we receive.”
For more information on the event, visit their webpage at www.copperpointgolf.com/feed-the-town.