Reminder: Every food item you donate up until April 15 will be matched with a $5 donation from TELUS! There are only a few days left to give!
Facing a growing need, the Sooke Food Bank and TELUS are hoping the community can help restock the shelves.
TELUS and the food bank are partnering for a week long drive to replenish stocks after a growing need has seen supplies reach a critical low. The food bank serves 658 people per month and has seen an increase of 13 families per month so far in 2019. With this strong need the food bank is looking for all the support they can get at this crucial time.
“This is very timely as we have seen all our Christmas donations get used,” said Sooke Food Bank executive director Kim Metzger. “With the year coming up to summer we see an increase in need as kids leave school and there is a bigger need for food in each household.”
Metzger added that some of the children and families that utilize the food bank are helped by school breakfast and lunch programs. When school is out for the summer that need is then transferred to home and the food bank.
TELUS is spearheading the two-week initiative that started on April 1 and wraps up on April 15 at Village Food Markets. For every item donated by the public during that time period TELUS will donate $5. The goal is to reach a cash donation of $2,500 and restock the food bank’s supply.
“This is an opportunity for TELUS and the community to team up and support the food bank and its need,” said Carson Papke, regional market manager for TELUS. “To see how much the food bank is utilized and all the communities it supports, there was a lot of interest for us as a company to help drive awareness to the need while doing something good for the community”
The food bank support goes beyond Sooke as they also serve Jordan River, Port Renfrew, Metchosin and everywhere in between. They are asking the public to donate protein rich items such as peanut butter, tuna and other non-perishable options. There is also a need for laundry soap, dish soap and other cleaning supplies.
“When people don’t have a lot of money and go to the store they are not thinking about the cleaning supplies since food is their main priority,” said Metzger. “We try and help people beyond their food needs and give them the opportunity to get support for any of the things that will help make their lives a little easier.”
The public is invited to donate at any time but the hope is to drive the community to deliver some extra support. TELUS has the goal set to $2,500 which equals 500 pieces of food. Village Food Markets has a bin set up near the cashiers and exit for donations. The donations will then be picked up every day and stored until the end of the week.
If you would like to donate but cannot make it to Village Food Market please contact Papke at 250-812-2073 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a pick up so that it can be included.