Thrifty Foods Nanaimo area store managers Dan Zapotichny, Jerry Jaggers and Mikel Knutsson presented Loaves and Fishes Executive Director Peter Sinclair and Operations Manager Alex Counsell with a cheque for $29,667 at the Longwood Station store today. The presentation follows a successful finish to the Thrifty Foods six-week Food For Families fundraiser that ran from mid-November to just after New Year’s Day.
“Through Food For Families, our staff and customers in all 29 stores raised a record $274,817,” says Jim Dores, Thrifty Foods General Manager. “The program has provided for those in need in our community and we commend those who donated, for their selfless act in providing the gift of fresh food for families during the holiday season.”
From Nov. 14 to Jan. 2 customers and staff purchased vouchers and bagged groceries in all 29 Thrifty Foods stores.
“The team at Loaves and Fishes is heartened by this success with Food For Families,” says Counsell. “We are grateful to every single individual who donated a voucher or grocery item in the Nanaimo area, because each one makes an incredible difference to the families we serve.”
In addition to supporting Loaves and Fishes, the Food For Families program also supports the Salvation Army Parksville Mt. Arrowsmith, Salvation Army Comox Valley Ministries, and the Campbell River & District Food Bank Society.
In the Greater Victoria region, the program benefits the Mustard Seed Food Bank, Goldstream Food Bank, the Sidney Lions Food Bank, the CMS Food Bank Society, the Cowichan Valley Basket Society as well as Saltspring Island Community Services. On the Lower Mainland, Food For Families feeds SHARE Food Bank in the Tri-Cities, the South Delta Food Bank, White Rock/South Surrey Food Bank (also referred to as ‘Sources’), Abbotsford Food Bank, the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Association, and Friends in Need in Maple Ridge.
Thrifty Foods (www.thriftyfoods.com) was founded in 1977 in Victoria, BC. Today, Thrifty Foods, a banner of Sobeys Inc., has a total of 29 retail grocery stores across the Lower Mainland, throughout Vancouver Island and Saltspring Island.