89.7 Juice FM has partnered with Save-on-Foods for their annual Stuff the Truck event. (submitted)

89.7 Juice FM has partnered with Save-on-Foods for their annual Stuff the Truck event. (submitted)

Stuff the Truck in Duncan starting Monday

Christmas is less than a month away and 89.7 Juice FM is back with its annual Stuff the Truck event.

Christmas is less than a month away and 89.7 Juice FM is back with its annual Stuff the Truck event.

The local radio folks will be returning to Save-on-Foods in Duncan between Dec. 2 and Dec. 6, collecting food and cash for the food banks in Duncan, Chemainus, Lake Cowichan, Crofton and Ladysmith.

The appetite is huge at this time of year but last year generous donors purchased 128 pallets of food with a value of $300,000, smashing the previous record.

“With our community’s support the shelves were stocked for the year,” says Julie Winter of 89.7 Juice FM. “This year we want to ensure they stay filled so we’re opening up our Pallet Challenge early to anyone that wants to get in on the action ahead of December.”

Store manager Derik Sheers and his team at Save-On-Foods have received a list from the Basket Society that is compiled of their most used items. These items can include flour, toilet paper, powdered milk, canned goods, and toiletries, basic household items that some families struggle to afford. All of these goods are packed onto a pallet, which when fully loaded weighs 1,000 lbs.

“Businesses, local organizations, and private donors are invited to step up to accept our Pallet Challenge and purchase a pallet — or more — at a cost of $500 per pallet,” says Winter.

“You can even challenge your friends or other businesses. Contact Juice FM to purchase, or just show during the event.”

Save-on-Foods also has pre-made $5 and $10 bags that can be purchased in-store. Any non-perishable items can be dropped off right at the Big Truck outside Save-on-Foods from Dec. 2 to Dec. 6.