It seems like there’s always another social media challenge to participate in, but it’s rare to see one that affects your local community. The #onebagchallenge does just that.
It’s quite simple: “Somebody brings a bag into their local food bank of non-expired, non-perishable food items, and then they tag five of their friends [on Facebook] to do the same,” Jen Sibley, Agassiz-Harrison Community Services‘ events coordinator, explained.
The initiative started in Kelowna when the mayor posted a video to Facebook challenging others to bring a bag of non-perishable food items to their local food bank.
Since then, the challenge has gone viral with communities all over Canada, and even premier Christy Clark participating.
And with the end of summer nearing, the challenge couldn’t have come at a better time for the Agassiz-Harrison Community Services Food Bank.
“Summer is always so hard for the food bank. People are always busy with other things,” Sibley said. “Now that we’re coming into September and school is starting, we’ll have a lot more traffic through the food bank because of that.
“If it’s the one-bag challenge, even if it’s food drives, we need help. All we have right now is maybe a week or two of donations.”
So far, only a handful of Agassiz residents have taken aprt, but Sibley is hoping to see an increase.
“The need is there and it’s a fun way to help out,” she said. “It’s a good way of challenging your friends.”
Anyone interested can drop a bag of non-perishable food off at the Agassiz-Harrison Community Services Food Bank at 7086 Cheam Ave.