Nanaimo businesses team up for food drive

NANAIMO – Craftsman Collision and Save-On-Foods Country Club host food drive Saturday (Oct. 1).

On Saturday (Oct. 1), Craftsman Collision and Save-On-Foods Country Club are teaming up with The Salvation Army to ensure that no families go hungry this fall by hosting a day-long food drive.

Craftsman Collision is pledging to match every item donated, which means that for every can donated by a participating customer, two cans of soup will make it onto a shelf at local Salvation Army Family Services units which work to serve the communities which they’re a part of.

The Salvation Army has seen an increase in demand in every B.C. community this year, as more families have come to rely on their services to put food on the table, according to a press release.

On top of that, many food banks throughout the province have had trouble stocking the shelves, with fewer businesses and individuals being able to part with food donations in difficult economic times.

In 2015, Craftsman Collision’s Make a Dent campaign raised more than $40,000. Since 2009, Craftsman Collision has raised $217,276 in food and cash for the Salvation Army.

“We are hoping that our donations from the Make a Dent food drive happening this weekend will help us reach our goal of a quarter of a million dollars raised for the Salvation Army since 2009,” says Stacey Cook, marketing manager. “Craftsman Collision is committed to supporting causes that matter to our customers and our employees. It’s a great privilege to be in a position to make a difference in the communities in which we do business.”

Upon entering participating locations, customers will receive a shopping list of ideal non-perishable food items to shop for and donate. The hope is that when the drive is complete, each location will have donated enough food to fill a Craftsman Collision courtesy car.

The event runs from 1-5 p.m. at Save-On-Foods Country Club.

For more information, please visit www.craftsmancollision.com/food-drive/.