Major Randy Gatza from the Salvation Army (right) receives a $1,660 donation from Save-On-Foods on Monday, July 6 in front of the West Quesnel store. Presenting the donation to Gatza are, from left, Spencer Pattinson and Rory Parr. Save-On-Foods raised the money through its Share It Forward program. (Sasha Sefter - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Quesnel Salvation Army receives boost from Save-On-Foods

The food bank and soup kitchen received $1,660 through the store’s Share It Forward program

Save-On-Foods has donated $1,660 for the Salvation Army in Quesnel.

Save-On-Foods presented the funds to the Salvation Army on Monday, July 6. The money was raised through the store’s Share It Forward program which saw 50 per cent of the net proceeds of all customer purchases of Western Family products from June 11 to 17 donated to the Salvation Army.

This was the third year the Quesnel store donated to the Salvation Army through the Share It Forward program, and store assistant manager Spencer Pattinson says he feels the program is a great way for the company to give back to the community.

“We always like to contribute to the community and the best way to do that is to share it forward which is exactly what the our slogan implies,” said Pattinson. “It means sharing it forward so that anyone who may be less fortunate can have a better life and better food and even better a better home to live in.”

Salvation Army Major Randy Gatza says the $1,660 will provide a welcome boost to their food bank and soup kitchen which have seen rising clientele numbers due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as well as the annual seasonal increase.

“This is a little shot in the arm to help us keep our supplies for the food bank and our soup kitchen going, especially during times like this when we have these unique circumstances with the COVID-19 crises,” said Gatza. “Usually we see anywhere between 50 to 100 daily people using our services right now.”

Gatza says he is very thankful for the donation as at this time financial support is the best way to support the operations of the food bank and soup kitchen.

“One of the biggest things that we need is the financial support for our operations because we still have staff to pay and the logistical costs of keeping the building in operation to look after,” said Gatza. “Save-On-Foods and other businesses in the community have been great at helping out with the food bank which is much appreciated, it really helps us be able to maintain those other costs.”

READ MORE: Salvation Army Thrift Store in downtown Quesnel permanently closed

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