Women who care help fill food bank

100 Women Who Care Mid Island will donate more than $10,000 to Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank

100 Women Who Care Mid Island have been showing how much they care for a whole year now.

The non-profit organization marked its one-year anniversary meeting earlier this month by deciding to donate more than $10,000 to Nanaimo’s Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank.

Leanne Kelly, chairwoman of 100 Women Who Care Mid Island, said for every dollar Loaves and Fishes receives, it is able to provide clients with nearly $6 worth of food.

“They are incredibly creative at sourcing food and have a food recovery program,” she said. “Through a partnership with local grocery stores, Loaves and Fishes is able to offer nutrient-rich perishable items to clients, in addition to canned and boxed foods.”

Peter Sinclair, executive director of Loaves and Fishes, said his group is thankful for the generous contribution.

“It will benefit many people in the community and make a difference in the lives of over 8,000 people,” he said.

100 Women Who Care Mid Island makes quarterly donations to registered charities in the region. Members meet and nominate various causes, three are randomly chosen, and then the nominating member makes a short presentation to convince others to vote by secret ballot for a particular charity.

100 Women Who Care Mid Island has more than 100 members and is seeking more. For information, call Vicki Swan at 250-618-1599 or visit www.100womenwhocaremidisland.com.