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Virtual fundraiser brings in more than $60,000 for Greater Vancouver Food Bank

Virtual fundraiser brings in more than $60,000 for Greater Vancouver Food Bank

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A virtual fundraiser held Friday is going to make a real difference for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

The annual fundraiser usually means teams from NEWS 1130, CityNews, Sportsnet 650, Jack 96.9, and KiSS Radio hit the streets to collect cash donations and non-perishable food for the charity. The annual effort had to move online, but donors showed up in a big way during a year when more people than ever are relying on food banks across the country due to the pandemic.

A total of $60,647 was raised between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. The food bank has buying power of 2 – 1, meaning $121,294 will go towards accessible, healthy and sustainable food.

Donations can be made online or by text until Dec. 16.

About the Greater Vancouver Food Bank

The Greater Vancouver Food Bank provides assistance to approximately 8,500 people weekly across Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, and the North Shore. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have seen a 20% increase in new clients, 80% of whom cite COVID-19 as the reason for their visit. The GVFB’s mission is to provide healthy food to those in need.

Of all Food Bank clients, 24% are children and youth, and 18% are seniors. The GVFB have specialized nutrition programs for children from birth to 12 years old.

The GVFB also provides food support to more than 80 community agencies throughout these communities, such as housing agencies, women and children’s shelters and after-school programs, who in turn provide hot meals and snacks to thousands of people each week including those struggling with homelessness.

Published at Sat, 12 Dec 2020 02:56:09 +0000

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Written by Riel Roussopoulos

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