JAK’s Gives Back to New Westminster food bank

A local liquor store is raising money for B.C. food banks at a time when they often struggle to keep their shelves stocked.

JAK’S Beer Wine & Spirits is kicking off the summer sipping season by giving back to food banks across the province. It will be donating 10 per cent of sales at its 14 locations on Saturday, June 22 to food banks across B.C.

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“Our busiest weekend of the year falls at a time when food banks across B.C. are struggling to keep their shelves stocked,” Tim Dumas, JAK’s director of sales and marketing, said in a press release. “We see this as an opportunity to raise a glass with our guests, and raise money and awareness for food banks across B.C. at the same time.”

Last year, JAK’s summer celebration supported women’s shelters across B.C. This year’s event will support local food banks in New Westminster, Vancouver, Richmond, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Penticton, Williams Lake, and Campbell River.

“The Greater Vancouver Food Bank is extremely grateful to JAK’S for donating 10 per cent of sales from six of their locations in our catchment area. The GVFB has locations in Burnaby, New Westminster and Vancouver, where we serve 7,000 people each week,” said Cynthia Boulter, chief development officer of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. “The support of our communities means the world to us, and fundraisers like JAK’S Gives Back not only raise much needed funds, but they raise awareness about the ever-increasing need for food support across B.C. With our 3:1 buying power, JAK’S donations will triple in value when we use them to purchase healthy, nutritious food for our clients.”

In addition to supporting the food bank, customers visiting JAK’s stores  this weekend can sip while they shop as they’ll be having local beer and wine tastings throughout the day and giving shoppers a chance to win an “ultimate night out in Vancouver” prize package.

In New Westminster, JAK’s is located at 517 Seventh St.

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