FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – The Fort St. John Salvation Army’s food bank truck has a new sponsor.
Last year, Tourmaline Oil Corp. helped keep the truck running, and this year the company has passed the torch to the Surepoint Group.
The truck is being used to gather pre-packaged food from the Atco Two Rivers Lodge at Site C, which would otherwise go to a landfill. The food will then be distributed to the community through the food bank.
Earlier this month, FSJ Salvation Army Executive Director Jared Braun met with representatives from both companies. During which, he collected a $10,000 donation from Surepoint on behalf of the non-profit to cover the truck’s operating costs.
“We were going to try and get that food anyways, but it costs us extra to be able to pay for fuel for our driver for the maintenance on the vehicle,” says Braun.
He says Tourmaline took the initiative to bring in SurePoint for the Site C Food Pick-up program, which is now being dubbed the Pass the Torch Program.
“The plan is that now Surepoint, after this year, will call in and invite another business partner to take on the sponsorship for 2022.”
The program will continue to run every year until Site C is finished, but Braun says the program has legs to grow past Site C.
“There’s also a conversation about can we use the same type of program because there are other industry camps that are in our region. If they weren’t too far away, could we get food from them as well and be able to redistribute it, so it didn’t go to waste?”
Braun says the partnership is “very encouraging” and adds to the system in place to provide food to the community.
“It’s great to know that we’re in a place to provide the operations and logistical support but there are always restrictions. Being a non-profit, there’s only so much that we can do so when industry partners, research partners, who are doing business, not just in the community, but for the community come alongside and say, ‘hey, how can we provide the backing that you need to bring the logistical support” it’s very inspiring,’” says Braun.
The truck makes the Atco Two Rivers Lodge trip several times a week, says Braun. Last year, in total, the program resulted in around 40,000 pounds of food picked up from Site C.
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