By Heather Desveaux, Valley Harvester published July 6, 2016

The first annual Kings Point to Point Food drive is coming to a community near you on July 10.

The popular community transportation service will be making door to door stops in Kentville, Wolfville and New Minas with food boxes at locations in Kentville and New Minas. Two of their eight vehicles — six vans and two minibuses — will be driving to collect non-perishable food items for Feed Nova Scotia, so they are still available for bookings that day. Drivers will be going door-to-door from about 4 p.m to 7 p.m. and donation booths are expected to be set up in the morning from 9 a.m. to noon outside of the Wolfville and Kentville Independent Grocers.

This year the non-profit’s summer marketing student Noah Tompkins brought some inspiration from his friends who run the Enactus Acadia food drive. After Tompkins helped them this year, he said it opened his eyes to how common food insecurity can be in the valley, especially around student-populated Wolfville. “And I’ve been thinking about it ever since.”

He thought where Kings Point to Point (KPPT) goes door to door to pick up residents and drop them off where they need to be, a food drive was a good fit. “Kings Point to Point is a non-profit organization that bridges the gap to provide affordable transportation for people who can’t drive or can’t afford their own cars in eastern and central Kings county,” said Tompkins. “So some of the same people who use the service might also use a food bank.”

Tompkins said they are also looking for volunteers to help out with the food drive and anyone who volunteers will receive a free membership to Point to Point, which is normally a $10 processing fee.

You can become a member if you’re a Kings county resident. The service can take you anywhere in the province, with exact pick up and drop off locations you require. Tompkins said there are about 14 other similar transportation organizations in communities throughout Nova Scotia. KPPT was established in 1998 as a part of the Community Transportation Assistance Program (CTAP) of Nova Scotia. KPPT is also funded through grants from local municipalities including the county of Kings, Wolfville, Kentville and Berwick.

The fee is $6.50 for a trip seven kilometres or less and the price is based on distance beyond that. If you want a drive somewhere, you can call (902) 681-2846 at least 24 to 48 hours in advance. Vehicles are fully-accessible, well-maintained and clean so passengers are guaranteed a pleasant experience, said Tompkins. Drivers are required to have a Class 4 driver’s license, first aid and sensitivity training, a clean driver’s abstract and undergo RCMP checks required when working with the public.

One of their regular clients is Rose Currie of Kentville who can’t drive on account of a medical condition. For the past four years, Currie has used the service to go to places around town about three times a week, for doctor’s appointments and shopping.

“If I didn’t have access to it I’d really be stuck,” she said.

Original story at Valley Harvester.