Monday, April 11, 2016
Food Banks to Get $100k Surplus Poultry
Envision facilitates local farmer's donation
Michelle MacDonald, First West Credit Union/Submitted photo
Jordan Spitters (l to r), Jeff Spitters, Bruce Strom (Sources Food Bank), Feezah Jaffer (Surrey Food Bank), Don Armstrong (Chilliwack Care and Share Food Bank) Lisa Klee and Corry Spitters.
ore than 24,000 pounds of locally-raised, organic free-range chicken are headed to local food banks courtesy of a longtime Fraser Valley organic farmer.
Corry Spitters, owner of Oranya Farms, got the idea to donate the chicken through his local financial institution, Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union.
“When I explained to Lisa Klee, my business banking expert at Envision Financial, that I had surplus product that I didn’t want to go to waste,” he says, “we got to talking about the Full Cupboard program supporting local food banks.” Envision Financial’s The Full Cupboard program raises food, funds and awareness for local food banks through food and financial donations from First West Credit Union employees, members and community partners.
Spitters estimates the retail value of the chicken to be more than $113,000.
“It’s premium product,” Spitters says of the chicken. “I’m pleased it’s going to local food banks—Envision Financial connected me to the right people, so the decision was easy.”
The local food bank couldn’t be happier about his decision.
“This donation is a really big deal, not only to us, but to the people we serve,” says Don Armstrong, co-ordinator of the Chilliwack Community Food Bank. “Protein is an essential nutrient, but also the most expensive to provide—that’s why we ask donors to consider giving things like canned meats and fish, peanut butter or meals in a tin. We’re very thankful that Mr. Spitters thought of us—and that Envision Financial helped make it happen.”
Food Banks BC executive director Laura Lansink is delighted B.C.’s food producers take opportunities to join the fight against hunger.
“B.C.’s food producers can make a tremendous difference for local food banks, simply because of the scale of their operations,” says Lansink. “We’re grateful for those that regularly support local food banks and would love to partner with more.”
Now in its third year, The Full Cupboard program has raised more than $353,000 and collected more than 60,000 pounds of food for local food banks in the Lower Mainland and Kitimat.
“We get excited about this kind of thing,” says Susan Byrom, senior manager of community investment at Envision Financial. “It’s important to us that we’re nurturing connections between people in our communities and community organizations that are helping make a difference for those who are in need or vulnerable.”
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