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Pitching in to nourish body and soul

By Lorraine Graves

Published 11:26 PST, Thu December 19, 2019

It’s what communities do, pitch in when help is needed. And that’s just what the Vancouver Airport Authority on Richmond’s Sea Island did recently.

The call went out for food donations and it was answered loud and clear, with a multitude of donations from our community. 

YVR partnered with Quest, a program to reduce hunger in local communities provides dignified access to affordable food. 

Through this joint program, at this time of year, hampers are donated to those who need them. 

Since this Hamper Drive program started 8 years ago, 5,000 hampers have been donated to local families. With 1,289 hampers of food donated, this year’s YVR/Quest food drive beat last year’s record. 

Each hamper contains meal essentials, festive favourites, healthy vegetables from Quest, and a turkey donated by YVR. 

YVR is run by a not-for-profit organization, the airport authority. 

“As a community-based organization, YVR supports programs that empower communities in Metro Vancouver and beyond. In 2018, YVR donated more than $1 million to over 50 organizations that created innovative programs in their communities,” says spokesperson Zöe Webber. 

The Hamper Drive brings joy twice: once, with the joy of giving when people drop off their items and the second time when the families receive their hampers. 

Webber says,“We wouldn’t have been able to do this without the support and generosity of our community.”

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