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Here's an easy way to support the Port Coquitlam food bank

Goal is to raise $1K in grocery gift cards for SHARE Family and Community Services which is struggling to meet increased demand at local food banks, due to inflation, higher cost of living.
Brian Hwang, a SHARE Family and Community Services volunteer, sorts cans of vegetables for the food bank.

Port Coquitlam business owners are rallying support for local food banks in time for the holiday season.

The Downtown PoCo Business Improvement Association (BIA) is matching donations for SHARE Family and Community Services in gift cards this holiday season in collaboration with Freshmart and City Avenue Market.

The campaign called "Double the Care for SHARE," will help boost coffers of local food banks that are struggling to meet a huge increase in need for food hampers.

Food security is a 'top priority'

"It’s no surprise that food security is at a top priority. We hear and see it in the news. We all go to the grocery stores. We know of the rising costs, nearly 12 per cent tis fall. SHARE Family and Community Services currently feeds 1,700 people in our community, and we want to do our part," stated Jennifer McKinnon, executive director of the Downtown PoCo BIA in a news release.

From Nov. 28 to Dec. 12, visit the Downtown PoCo Freshmart or City Avenue Market and make a cash donation to SHARE.

The BIA will match cash donations with grocer gifts cards up to $1,000 from both Freshmart and City Avenue Market in Downtown PoCo.

"We look forward to seeing you in downtown Port Coquitlam this holiday season, as we double our care for SHARE," said McKinnon.

For more information, you can visit the Downtown PoCo BIA's website or go to its Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.