Posted by Jim Taylor on Dec 18, 2018

The Lake Country Food Bank got its Christmas bonus on Monday. The Rotary Club of Lake Country presented manager Joy Haxton with a cheque for $5000.


The money comes from the sale of Save-On food cards. Customers of the Save-On Food Stores can purchase pre-paid cards, in denominations from $25 to $200, which they can use at Save-On stores as payment for their regular groceries. They get all the regular store discounts and sale prices.


But eight per cent of every dollar goes to the local Food Bank. On a $100 card, a $8.00 donation will help someone who is unable to afford their own groceries – and it hasn’t cost the paying customer one cent extra!


In addition, an anonymous donor has agreed to match these eight per cent donations, doubling the funding for the Food Bank to 16 per cent, for a limited time.


Manager Joy Haxton stated, “The Lake Country Food Bank is extremely fortunate to have partnered with the Rotary Club of Lake Country and their innovative Save On Foods gift card program. This amazing program allows our community to purchase gift cards for their use with 8% of the value of the gift card going directly to the food bank.


“The revenue allows the food bank a great deal of flexibility such as bulk purchases, reduced costs, better management of warehouse space and the ability to supplement hamper items as required, all with minimal administrative effort from food bank volunteers."


The Lake Country Rotary Club previously purchased a $11,000 pallet stacker, to enable the Lake Country Food Bank to better serve as a distribution centre for other food banks up and down the Okanagan Valley.


Rotary also coordinated the efforts to provide a new permanent building for the Food Bank – a $1 million project, including land and donated services.


The Save-On card program should provide a continuing flow of income for the Food Bank, as customers keep purchasing cards for their regular grocery purchases.


Cards are available from any Rotary member, or from four other retail locations: Interior Savings Credit Union, Ace Hardware, UBR Photocopy Services, and the IDA drug store at Turtle Bay Crossing Mall.