Jenna Sutherland, Island Savings branch manager for Cedar, left, and Abby Sauchuk, director of development at Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank, celebrate a $10,000 donation from Island Savings to the food bank’s Food 4 Summer campaign. (Photo submitted)

‘Food 4 Summer’ campaign in Nanaimo receives $10,000 from Island Savings

Loaves and Fishes trying to build new donor relationships during pandemic

A $10,000 donation is helping Nanaimo’s food bank through summer months marked by uncertainty in a virus pandemic.

Island Savings recently matched $10,000 in fundraising by Nanaimo Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank toward the charity’s Food 4 Summer campaign.

According to a press release from the financial institution, food banks across B.C. “have been hit particularly hard” by the COVID-19 pandemic, with cancellations of fundraising events and fewer volunteers, but Loaves and Fishes has been able to adapt and build donor relationships.

“The team at Loaves and Fishes are very skilled at exploring new opportunities and improving the efficiency of their operations,” said Alex Brocklebank, branch manager at Island Savings’ Woodgrove location, in the release. “They’re a fun bunch to work with and we’re happy to be able to support the good work they do in the community.”

Abby Sauchuk, director of development at Loaves and Fishes, said in the release that the Food 4 Summer campaign was supported by more than 50 first-time donors.

“Not only did Island Savings support us as a donor, but they also helped us in getting the word out through their social media channels. There’s no doubt this positively impacted the food drive,” she said.

Overall, more than $30,000 was raised during the campaign, in addition to more than 750 kilograms of food.

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Alex Brocklebank, left, Island Savings branch manager for Woodgrove; Jenna Sutherland, Island Savings branch manager for Cedar; Abby Sauchuk, director of development at Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank; and Peter Sinclair, executive director of Loaves and Fishes; celebrate a $10,000 donation from Island Savings to the food bank’s Food 4 Summer campaign. (Photo submitted)

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