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A $4,000 shopping spree helps local food banks

Eight local businesses chipped in $500 each to buy $4,000 worth of groceries for the St. Vincent de Paul and UNBC NUGSS food banks. Bill Phillips photo
Eight local businesses chipped in $500 each to buy $4,000 worth of groceries for the St. Vincent de Paul and UNBC NUGSS food banks. Bill Phillips photo

The grocery bill hit about $4,000.

The groceries went to the St. Vincent de Paul and UNBC Northern Undergraduate Student Society food banks.

And the groceries were paid for by eight local businesses and individuals who each contributed $500.

“This is our third annual event,” said Craig Langille, manager of the Northern Sport Centre, who helped organize the event. “We looking to give back to the community.”

The event expanded this year to eight donators, up from five last year.

“It’s been a great couple of weeks getting everyone on board,” he said.

Those donators are the Northern Sport Centre, Family Dental Care, Hub City Volkswagen, Prince George Recycling & Return-It Centre, BMO Financial Group, Surjit Minhas, Brink Group of Companies and Save-On-Foods.

Representatives from each were on hand at the College Heights Save-on Foods Thursday morning to do the actual shopping for food items on the list supplied for them.

“At this time of year, it’s such an important cause to make sure those who have a bit of a tough time, have some help,” said John Brink of the Brink Group of Companies. “It’s the right thing to do.”