Powell River Action Centre Food Bank is one of 30 community groups and First Nations in BC and Washington State to receive part of a $100,000 contribution from Western Forest Products (WFP) during the holiday season.
The funds are meant to help provide food and toys for the holidays where they are needed, according to a WFP media release.
Food bank manager Savanna Dee said the organization’s frontline workers have seen a large increase in need this year.
“With these unprecedented times of this pandemic, help is needed more than ever at the food bank; we could not operate without donations from the public and companies, like Western Forest Products, make all the difference,” stated Dee. “Christmas is a crucial time of year as we struggle with the increased demand and we really appreciate Western Forest Products for helping us feed our community.”
WFP’s donations to individual groups vary in amount corresponding to community size or needs and continue the company’s long-term commitment of investing in community needs in the areas where its employees live and work, according to the release.
“We recognize the recent supply chain issues combined with higher-than-usual demand since the pandemic started puts additional strain on services accessed by those requiring support,” stated WFP president and CEO Don Demens. “This donation is one small way we can support individuals and families in need and spread some hope and happiness during the holiday season. This is a time for giving, and we are grateful that we are able to do our part to make the holidays a little merrier for those dealing with hardship.”
The company provides support to local community events, organizations and initiatives through its Community Enhancement Fund.