BC Liquor Stores raise over $1 million for Food Banks BC

Liquor stores lift food banks

BC Liquor Stores want to thank their generous patrons for helping them raise over a million dollars for B.C. food banks in 2020.

"When it comes to raising funds or awareness, our employees believe in giving where they live and work hard to do the best for their communities," said Blain Lawson, general manager and CEO of the BC Liquor Distribution Branch, which operates BCLS.

"I am incredibly proud of what our teams have been able to do in a year filled with operational challenges."

BC Liquor Stores collected $820,028 for food banks during the past holiday season. That money combined with a fundraising campaign last summer brings the total collected and donated to $1,132,472. All of the proceeds collected by BCLS on behalf of Food Banks BC are given to the food bank in the community where the funds are raised.

"The past year has been one of the toughest that many of our food banks and the communities they serve have faced in decades, and we know we're not through the woods yet. One of the ways we have been able to get through these extreme times is through the support of organizations, such as BCLS and their amazing customers. The donations raised over the summer and winter campaigns are truly staggering. This generosity reaches our 103-member food banks throughout the province and the over 100,000 people who access food banks' services every month in B.C., enabling the purchase of healthy, nutritious food," said executive director of Food Banks BC, Dan Huang-Taylor says.

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