Native grocer, Victoria Basis increase over $ 30,000 for meals rescue mission – Victoria Information

Through local grocery stores and the Victoria Foundation, Greater Victoria residents donated $ 32,112 to support the Island Food Caring campaign to feed the area.

Five grocer operators – Country Grocer, Fairway Market, Red Barn Market, The Root Cellar, and Thrifty Foods – took part in the campaign, which began on February 27 and ran until March 22, so residents were still able to support Island Food Caring .

The campaign money goes to the Food Rescue Project, an initiative of Mustard Seed Street Church and the Food Share Network that recovers healthy, fresh food and distributes it to food-insecure communities in the area.

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Russ Benwell, owner and operator of Red Barn Markets, said the store’s team is “proud to be part of a network that ensures that all members of our community have access to healthy food. Especially in the uncertain times we are currently living in. “

Residents donated to the campaign at the time of purchase or through the program’s website. The funds went to the Victoria Foundation, which will be distributed to the partner organizations of the Mustard Seed and Food Share Network that participate in the Food Rescue Project. Donations are still being collected on islandfoodcaring.ca.

“We’re breaking new ground in the grocery business, but we’ve been empowered by our customers’ increased commitment to the community during this troubled time,” said Daisy Orser, co-owner of The Root Cellar.

Orser said the reaction from customers has been heartwarming as The Root Cellar asked them to reflect on their own experiences navigating these unique times.

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Sandra Richardson, chief officer of the Victoria Foundation, said the money raised will enable the purchase of things like meat and dairy products that are not currently readily available and that customers buy before they reach the point where stores can donate them .

Food Share Network coordinator Sonja Yli-Kahila said the network supports thousands of food insecure people, children and families each year, and that the network is grateful to the grocers in the community for standing behind the program.

“We need to come together as a community to uphold this program, and by creating this campaign, grocers are playing an important role in raising awareness and funding for food rescue in the capital region,” said Yli-Kahila.

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