“The promotion is done through Sobeys corporate head office. It is called Time For Sharing. What we do is sell some gift tags which come in denominations from $5 to $25 dollars. At the end of the season we total them out and donate the donations to the food bank,” said Cam Dawes, Manager of Sobeys. The event raised $810 this time around which is near where it normally is in Golden according to Dawes.
He added that being able to help out after the big donation period before Christmas is a good thing as well because people do need help all year round.
This was an opinion shared by Barb Davies who is the co-ordinator of the Golden Food Bank Society.
“We get the bulk of our donations around Christmas time but other times during the year, like in February, we are not seeing as many donations. This makes a big difference for us,” Davies said.
The amount of money donated will go a long way to help local people Davies added.
“It goes a significant way for sure. This is the time of year we like to get fresh produce into hampers,” Davies said. “We’d really like to get more produce donations this time of year…a bag of apples, a bag of carrots, a bag of onions, etc. We are working out the logistics of getting these donations to us without being damaged and keeping the produce fresh. Produce donations are best made early in the week Monday/Tuesday to maintain freshness in the Food Bins at Overwaitea or Sobeys or dropped at the Food Bank on a Monday or Tuesday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Alternatively, people can buy gift cards for the Food Bank that we would use to make these purchases.”
Dawes said the reason he gives the cards to the food bank over product is because he wants to make sure the organization is getting what they need and the best way to do that is to have representatives come into the store and choose what they are short on.
He went on to thank all of the people who donated to the cause.
As for Davies she too wanted to say thank you to Sobeys and the community. “We try to help out the local community as much as we can,” said Dawes.
“For us it is wonderful to receive the community support but also to have partnerships with Sobeys who take it on and use their manpower to do this makes a big difference,” Davies said.
Normally Sobeys has a drop off bin in the store but due to some renovations it has had to be moved as of late.
Dawes said as soon as the renovations are complete the donation box will once again be in the store to collect for the food bank.