From left: Surrey Food Bank’s interim executive director Feezah Jaffer; Surrey Councillor Vera LeFranc; Director of Women, Seniors Community Services at Sources Community Resource Centres Denise Darrell; and Envision Financial President Dave Lanphear at the Surrey Food Bank for a cheque presentation. (Photo submitted)

Envision Financial presents $500K in donations to Fraser Valley food banks

In four years, credit union’s ‘Full Cupboard’ campaign raises half a million dollars for food banks

SURREY — Envision Financial’s ‘The Full Cupboard’ campaign has now raised more than $500,000 for Fraser Valley food banks.

The fundraising initiative, which is the Langley-based credit union’s signature cause, was launched in 2013. It aims to raise “food, funds and awareness” for local food banks. Envision Financial President Dave Lanphear stopped into the Surrey Food Bank to present the cheque last week and said it’s a “tremendous achievement.”

“In 2013, we started on a 10-year journey to raise $1 million and 100,000 pounds of food for our local community food banks. In only four years, we’ve already surpassed the halfway mark towards our $1 million goal and, equally as impressive, we’ve collected more than 69,000 pounds of food for Fraser Valley food banks,” Lanphear said in a release. “The Full Cupboard is fully funded by employees, members and our communities who have wholeheartedly embraced this cause which makes it unique from other corporate giving programs.”

Executive Director of Food Banks BC Laura Lansink said the campaign has “positively impacted the lives of thousands of people.” To donate, visit foodbanksbc.com/get-involved/thefullcupboard.

Amy Reid