When it comes to green, Coastal Community Credit Union knows to put its cash where the vegetables are.
The credit union donated $5,000 from its Coastal Spirit Fund to the Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation to help purchase salad bars for Georgia Avenue and Park Avenue elementary schools.
The schools have been borrowing equipment for the monthly salad bar program.
“Our donors, like the Coastal Community Credit Union, help ensure vulnerable students in our community have access to regular healthy meals and are on the right track for learning,” said Erin van Steen, foundation executive director. “There are many schools that are in need of support for their food programs and donations of equipment are critical to making those programs happen.”
The spirit fund is Coastal’s largest funding program, benefitting charities and recognized not-for-profit groups on Vancouver Island.
The funds are meant to mobilize community partners to make their projects happen, said Coastal’s Melanie Emmerson.
“Enabling the Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation to purchase the salad bars for local elementary schools to help them educate students about the benefits of eating healthy is a key way the fund is used,” she said.
The foundation works with Nanaimo school district to bring programs that better the lives of students, through support programs and scholarships.
For more information, please go to www.nlsf.ca or call 250-753-4074.