To celebrate the holiday season, we donated $40,000 to nine food banks across Canada through our Gore Mutual Foundation.
More than 850,000 Canadians turn to food banks for help each month. More than one-third are children and youth, and an increasing number of seniors are needing to use food banks, too. Christmas represents a particularly busy time for food banks across the country.
Throughout December, we gave $5,000 cheques to the following food banks: the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank, Ottawa Food Bank, Kingston’s Partners in Mission Food Bank, the Collingwood Salvation Army Food Bank, Essex Area Food Bank, Greater Vancouver Food Bank and Mustard Seed Food Bank in Victoria, British Columbia. We also donated $2,500 to both Chatham’s Outreach for Hunger and the Salvation Army Food Bank in Woodstock, Ontario.
Wanting to fully embrace the spirit of the season, employees from our Cambridge office also spent several hours volunteering at the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank on December 18.
“There is an urgent need at food banks across Canada and at this time of year, no one should go hungry,” said Heidi Sevcik, President and CEO of Gore Mutual. “Our company is built on the idea of people helping people and we believe in supporting organizations that strengthen Canadian communities. Food banks do fantastic work and make an immediate impact in the lives of so many people especially during the holidays.”
“We’re grateful for the support from Gore Mutual Foundation,” said Major Neil Evenden of the Collingwood Salvation Army Food Bank. “It will help us to meet the needs of those who come to us. It also allows us to purchase what we need but don’t have. Because of the generosity of our community, we’re able to go above and beyond in the support we offer.”
This holiday season, if you’re fortunate enough to have a little extra, consider contributing to your local food bank and make the holidays a little brighter for someone in need.