Western Forest Products has donated $13,000 to Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank in Nanaimo. Pictured here, Kindry Mercer, WFP’s manager of regional initiatives, Mike Shewchuk, WFP general manager of manufacturing and Abby Sauchuk, Loaves and Fishes’ director of development. (Submitted photo)

Western Forest Products donates $13,000 to Nanaimo food bank

Donation to Loaves and Fishes part of overall $100,000 donation by WFP

Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank in Nanaimo will see an infusion of cash after a $13,000 donation from Western Forest Products.

The logging company’s donation to the Nanaimo food bank is part of $100,000 donated overall to support 13 community-based organizations offering food bank services in areas where the company has operations, said a press release.

Members of Loaves and Fishes were grateful for the donation.

“This funding will help us continue providing food for people in need both in Nanaimo and throughout Vancouver Island,” said Peter Sinclair, Loaves and Fishes’ executive director, in the press release. “It will also help us keep ensuring that the many other non-profits we’re serving across the Island have access to a reliable food supply for their communities.”

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“We’re delighted to partner with Western Forest Products in making sure Vancouver Island communities have reliable access to an abundance of fresh healthy food,” said Abby Sauchuk, Loaves and Fishes’ director of development.

Don Demens, Western Forest Products’ president and CEO, said the company takes pride in being an active community partner, providing support to help communities.

“Based on our regular conversations with community leaders and engagement with employees, we identified a common need for food bank services across the communities where we operate,” Demens said in the press release.

Other food bank organizations on Vancouver Island receiving money are located in Chemainus, Duncan, Campbell River, Gold River, Ladysmith, Port Alberni, Port Hardy and Saanich.


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