Despite being present in nearly every city or town, foodbanks seem to be one of the most forgotten aspects of every community.
But Petro’s Pizza is trying to change that.
The store is offering ten percent off of any orders over $20 to anyone who donates two non-perishable food items to the food bank from now until the end of July.
“We recognize there’s an opportunity for us as a community to help the food bank,” general manager Gary Trudell said. “We understand the food bank is getting a little low on items so, being part of the community, we’d like to help them.”
While the promotion has already sparked interest in other local businesses, such as Hemlock Mountain Coffee Co., to start similar initiatives, Trudell is hopeful that more businesses in the Agassiz area will also join in.
“We would like to put a challenge out for the whole business community to help the food bank out,” he said. “I think the businesses should all be aware and they should do something to help with the food banks within our community.”
For now, Trudell, along with store manager Justin Dumont, are focussing on getting donations over the next month.
“I’m hoping that we can just help fill the food bank through the month of July,” Trudell said. “We’re just trying to light a fire under a few people in order to help out.”
“It’s almost become taboo to accept help, but there’s nothing to be ashamed of,” Dumont added. “Everybody needs help and that’s why it’s there.”