Sawchuk added they wanted to raise $50,000 over the summer to keep the program going at full speed.
Donations are being actively sought to keep the shelves at their Fry St. depot stocked, which also helps provide food security to communities across the central and north Island.
Thrifty Foods has also stepped up, sending 10,000 bags out into the community for people to fill with non-perishable food items and return to the food bank.
The check presented on Thursday, June 22 was the result of a donation from Woodgrove Chrysler.
“The charities we choose, we always want it to be a local charity,” Brandon Kot, vice president of the Kot Auto Group, said. “We don’t want it to be a charity across Canada, we always want to get involved in the local community.”
Loaves and Fishes is moving through a long and complicated process to move from their Fry St. location and into a new depot on East Wellington Rd.
In May, the organization received $7 million in provincial funding for the new warehouse, which has already cleared several local steps with the City of Nanaimo.
Donations can be made directly to Loaves and Fishes through their website.
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