May Norris (left) and Kim Leibing, both from Coast Capital, and Tim Bohr, communities ministries director for the Chilliwack Care and Share Salvation Army. (Submitted)

May Norris (left) and Kim Leibing, both from Coast Capital, and Tim Bohr, communities ministries director for the Chilliwack Care and Share Salvation Army. (Submitted)

Salvation Army food bank receives $1,000 from Coast Capital in Chilliwack

Coast Capital Savings donates $75,000 to food banks across B.C. this holiday season

Coast Capital Savings is donating a total of $75,000 to food banks across the province, and the Chilliwack Care and Share Salvation Army is receiving $1,000 of that to help families and young people with food security through the holiday season.

“Coast Capital is committed to giving back to the communities where we live and work. We work to build a richer future for youth in our communities and we know that at least one third of those who access food banks in Canada are children and youth.” said Maureen Young, director, community leadership at Coast Capital Savings. “We hope that our donation will help make the season brighter and merrier for those who need it most.”

Laura Lansink, executive director of Food Banks BC, said support from corporate donors like Coast Capital is vital to the successful operation of food banks, and donations of funds are able to go even further than food, thanks to the buying power that food banks have.

“Thanks to relationships with grocers and farmers, food banks across B.C. are able to maximize donations to make a significant impact on hunger in B.C. This means that Coast Capital’s donation of $75,000 translates into 225,000 healthy, nutritious meals,” said Lansink. “As demand grows over the holiday season, Coast Capital’s generous donation will mean that much more to vulnerable families and young people across the province.”

Coast Capital Savings is one of Canada’s most significant corporate community investors with seven per cent of its budgeted pre-tax profits invested into its communities annually. This year alone, that totals almost $6 million and more than $71 million since 2000.