Peninsula Organizations Fund Meals Financial institution Forward of “Impending Disaster” – Victoria Information
The food bank that serves the Saanich Peninsula has received $ 15,000 in donations in the past seven days, according to the executive director, who predicts the number of customers at the facility will increase 30 percent as the economic impact of COVID-19
“It was amazing,” said Bev Elder, executive director of Lions Food Bank on the Saanich Peninsula. “We get a lot of people who donate credit cards because they don’t want to come [down to the food bank on Sidney’s Fifth Street]. Lots of people donate online. ”Ultimately, it doesn’t matter how people donate, she said.
One of the largest, and arguably most unusual, donations came from North Saanich’s Rest Haven Adventist Church on Saturday when their church elder, Rick Wiegel, used a fishing rod to lower a check for $ 3,000 into Elder’s hands.
“That was definitely the best social distancing,” Elder said with a laugh. “We thought that was really, really great,” she says. For the record, the hook hasn’t tangled Elder’s fingers.
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The Peninsula Tennis Club followed up on that donation on Monday with a donation of $ 2,600.
Alan Osborne, president of the tennis club, said the money represented the refund due to the club as its rented facilities at the Panorama Recreation Center were unavailable due to COVID-19.
Aware of the struggles food banks are facing everywhere, Osborne said the club interviewed members and 99 percent of members chose to donate their share.
Food banks, including the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank, have seen a decline in donations for a variety of reasons including social distancing, as has demand for the economic impact of COVID-19.
This development has forced the food banks to develop cash reserves to compensate for this, and food banks have asked the public for cash donations.
Fundraising groups have responded, and both the Rest Haven Adventist Church and the Peninsula Tennis Club have urged other organizations to raise funds to help prevent what the church has called an “impending crisis.”
Elder acknowledged that the grocery bank currently requires a minimum of $ 10,000 a month for grocery purchases, and the number is likely to increase.
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“We definitely expect to see an influx of new customers in April,” she said. With paychecks suspended or running out in early April and unemployment insurance pending, many local residents will turn to for help, she added. “We’re probably expecting 30 percent more customers,” she said. The facility supplies around 1,000 people a month.
Accordingly, Elder anticipates that the chalkboard will buy many more groceries to meet growing demand.
The Tafel has also received donations from items that previously dried out, including fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy products that would otherwise have been wasted from local restaurants such as Mary’s Bleue Moon Cafe (Sidney), The Five and Dime Diner (Sidney). and Adrianas (Central Saanich) forced to close by COVID-19.
“Everything fresh is very expensive at the moment,” she said. “As far as I know, many grocery stores are running out of these items. It saves people a lot of money and is healthier food for people. “
These donations, along with donations from Thrifty Foods, have enabled the food bank to resume distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables twice a week (Tuesdays, Thursdays) after the service was canceled earlier.
Donations can be made here.
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