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Envision Financial increases support for local food banks at a time when need is greatest

Envision Financial increases support for local food banks at a time when need is greatest

November 29, 2017

Langley, B.C.—As community food banks across B.C. are ramping up their operations to accommodate the busy holiday season, Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union, is stepping up its support for The Full Cupboard, the credit union’s signature cause to raise food, funds and awareness for hunger-related issues.

Until Dec. 9, community members can help neighbours in need through Envision Financial’s annual holiday program; visit any branch or administrative office, make a monetary or non-perishable food item donation and take a holiday tree tag to display in your home.

“It’s a sad reality that food bank use in British Columbia has increased by more than 32 per cent since 2008,” says Susan Byrom, senior manager of community investment with Envision Financial. “But even more heartbreaking is that one-third of those who access food banks are children.

“The holidays are undoubtedly a challenging time for vulnerable members of our communities—which is why we double our efforts at this time of year—but we must remember that there’s a year-round need.”

In addition to supporting food banks, for the first time Envision Financial employees have come together to raise socks for local emergency shelters—an in-demand item that all-too-often runs in short supply. An initiative from the First West Foundation, the credit union’s charitable arm, more than 4,100 pairs of socks were raised by First West employees in just 10 days. These donations are being distributed throughout communities in which First West operates.

About The Full Cupboard
First launched in 2013, The Full Cupboard is an innovative community partnership aimed at raising food, funds and awareness for food banks local to British Columbia’s Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland. In September 2017, The Full Cupboard donations passed $500,000—a milestone Envision Financial didn’t expect to reach until 2018. Moreover, this important initiative has raised more than 69,000 pounds of food. Community members can support The Full Cupboard program by donating non-perishable food items or making cash donations at their nearest Envision Financial branch, through thefullcupboard.ca or through the Food Banks B.C. online food portal: foodbanksbc.com/get-involved/thefullcupboard/

About Envision Financial

Envision Financial is a premier provider of banking, investment and insurance services for residents and businesses throughout the Fraser Valley, Lower Mainland and Kitimat regions. As a division of First West Credit Union, B.C.'s third-largest credit union with 54 branches and 38 insurance offices throughout the province, Envision Financial brings innovative products, an extensive branch network and local decision making to the banking experience. For more information on Envision Financial, visit www.envisionfinancial.ca.

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