Windset Farms again supporting Food Banks BC
By Dave Harrison
April 30, 2015, Delta, B.C. –Windset Farms’ is again partnering with Food Banks BC to provide weekly donations for their entire season.
This commitment will provide over 60,000 pounds in fresh, greenhouse-grown cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes. In the province of British Columbia, 97,400 people are assisted every month, including 30,000 of whom are children.
Food Banks BC also provides an additional 200,000 meals through shelters, soup kitchens and school lunches. With this enormous task, it’s no wonder that the food banks must rely on community members for donations and assistance.
“Non-perishable food items are the staples of our food banks, however, it is wonderful when our food banks also have the opportunity to give out fresh, local produce,” says Laura Lansink, executive director at Food Banks BC.
“When I visited a food bank that had received a large donation of tomatoes and cucumbers from Windset Farms, you could see how excited the clients were that received these items in their hamper that day.”
Windset hopes that their commitment can encourage other food producers and community members to all work together for a hunger-free future.
The households receiving assistance rely on the generous work of the food banks and their volunteers, and even one donation will help put nutritious, healthy fruits and vegetables on more plates.
ABOUT FOOD BANKS BC
With a vision for a hunger-free future, Food Banks BC exists to support, assist and empower their 96 member food banks from across the province. Each year, they facilitate the delivery of over $4 million dollars of donated food to their food banks across the province.
In addition to the delivery of food, they run Food Banks BC Sharing Coupons – a partnership with grocery stores that gets fresh, healthy, perishable food to the hungry.
The program raises close to $1 million dollars and 100 per cent of the donation stays with each local food bank. Close to half of the food banks are run solely by volunteers, who are educated on topics like food safety, volunteer recruitment, fundraising, allowing them to have the best tools possible to assist people in their own communities.
Learn more about Food Banks BC at www.foodbanksbc.com.
ABOUT WINDSET FARMS
Headquartered at their Delta, B.C. facility and with greenhouses in Abbotsford, B.C., Santa Maria, California and Las Vegas, Nevada, Windset Farms is a family-run business that has become one of the largest growers and marketers of greenhouse produce.
It was the recent recipient of the World’s Best Tomato Grower award and BC’s We Heart Local award.