L-R: Allan Collier, Doug Macfarlane, Ken Burkowski, Ian Cole, and Bill Greaves present Bev Elder, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank (front) with a donation of more than $2,000 on behalf of their curling club. (Contributed/Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank)

North Saanich curling club donates to Peninsula food bank

More than $2,000 in surplus funds raised from 50/50 draws

The Glen Meadows Golf and Country Club may have closed its curling rink back earlier this year, but tying up loose ends sometimes takes a little while and this week, the men’s masters league recently donated its surplus funds to the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank.

It was decided during the general meeting back in March that the group – comprised of 62 curlers – would extend more than $2,000 raised through 50/50 draws to the food bank run by executive director Bev Elder.

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Elder told the Peninsula News Review that quite often the donations that come into the food bank during the holiday season mean the shelves stay stocked well into the spring.

More than 1,000 people of all ages use the food bank each month and that number is growing, Elder said, particularly among seniors who make up almost 15 per cent of the clientele.

The food bank is open Mon-Sat from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. to collect donations in the form of food, cash or cheques made payable to the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank.

This year Elder said the team is also looking for clean, new reusable bags in order to reduce the amount of single use plastic bags provided for clients to take their groceries home.

For more information visit SPLFoodBank.com.

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