In 2004, the staff of Physiofirst fostered the idea of a city wide food drive. With the generous contributions of our food drive partners — IG Wealth Management (www.investorsgroup.com) and Samaritan House (www.samaritanhouse.ca) and in association with the local Lions Clubs of Brandon and with the support of the Neelin High school student body — we have had fourteen incredibly successful food drive events.
Foodfirst consists of a city-wide blitz by a dedicated group of volunteers. The Lions Club of Brandon supplies drivers who are accompanied by two high school students. The students canvas the entire city retrieving plastic bags (funded by IG Wealth Management, Compass Credit Union, Westoba Credit Union, Fusion Credit Union, and Sunrise Credit Union) which are distributed the week of the food drive to every household in Brandon by the The Brandon Sun (www.brandonsun.com).
Residents are asked to place non-perishable food items into the bags and place them on their doorsteps for a Saturday morning pickup. To date the fourteen food drives have collected approximately 100,000 lbs. of food. This food is distributed locally through the Samaritan House food bank. Foodfirst: answering a basic need.