Food Card Program Raises $68,000 for Local Food Bank in First Year

An additional $28,000 was presented to the Sources White Rock/South Surrey Food Bank at the Semiahmoo Rotary Club’s morning meeting on July 27, making a total of $68,000 raised in the past yearall thanks to the Rotary Save-On-Foods Gift Card Program. Additionally, with Save-On-Foods President Darrell Jones in attendance, this meeting was extra special.

Approximately 50 Rotarians and their guests gathered at the Rotary Fieldhouse in South Surrey and enjoyed a delicious breakfast whilst catching up and sharing laughs. Former president of the Semiahmoo Rotary Club, Mary Brunet, introduced John Block, a Rotarian and member of the Block Charitable Foundation, to the podium.

“Today we are celebrating a lot more than the success of the [Rotary Save-On-Foods Gift Card] Program. We are celebrating the relationship between Rotary, Sources, and Save-On-Foods,” said Block.

Our Food Bank is one step closer to having a sustainable means of monetary donations to purchase fresh and nutritious food throughout the year. Thank you to Save-On-Foods and the five local Rotary clubs for continuing to support this Program. Also, thank you to the nine other local businesses for becoming Food Bank Partners.

As a result of their generosity, 17 per cent of the value of every gift card sold will go directly to the Sources White Rock/South Surrey Food Bank to purchase food. However, Block announced that the goal will be to increase to 20 per cent. “[It] sounds much better than 17 per cent, doesn’t it?”

Next, Jones was presented with the Rotary Foundation’s Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of his exceptional service in the community of White Rock/South Surrey.

Darrell Jones, Mary Brunet, and Lindagene Coyle
Randy Taylor, David Young, Darrell Jones, Harry White, Bruce Hayne, and Marlyn Graziano

“I am proud to accept this on behalf of all the folks at Save-On-Foods. We are humbly here to do our very best to support the community and of course it was South Surrey, where I live — that added something extra special for me. This is such a wonderful community filled with such wonderful people,” said Jones upon accepting his award.

To close off the event, attendees were encouraged to continue to make a difference in their community by promoting and purchasing the Rotary Save-On-Foods Gift Cards.

We all need to buy our groceries, so why not buy Rotary Save-On-Foods gift cards and support our local Food Bank?


To view our Facebook photo album from this event, please click here.

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