Sources Food Bank is trying out a new way of fundraising that's sure to get people talking - host a "Brunch for the Bank."
The idea is to gather friends, family, coworkers and neighbours together at your home or place of choice to have brunch. Attendees give a donation to participate and that money then goes to support the food bank.
"It's probably the simplest fundraiser you've ever participated in," said Natasha Raey, co-ordinator of Sources' Build a Bank campaign.
In addition to Brunch for the Bank, another event supporting the campaign takes place Sept. 10 at 5 p.m. at the White Rock Pier, called Pebble Pedal for the Bank, featuring local celebrity cyclists.
The campaign seeks to raise $250,000 to renovate the food bank's new location (2343 156th St.), which they moved to in July after finding their old space too small for its needs.
"At our old location, when a client came in to register, they were registering right out in the open... and a lot of people when they have to come for the first time, it's quite traumatic and we wanted a more respectful setting to sit people down.... So our new location sort of affords that," said food bank manager Jaye Murray.
The new space offers a private room for volunteers to meet with clients who wish to register for the food bank, something the previous location didn't have. Murray said she is happy about that addition, but there is still much to be done, such as building a second floor for storage, opening a store and installing an elevator.
"Everything is backed up because we're waiting for this to happen, but it's going to be fantastic (once) it's done," she said.
More than 550 people benefit from the Sources Food Bank each week, one-third of whom are children.
To learn more about how to host a Brunch for the Bank, call 604-836-1346 or email email@example.com.
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