With the holiday season comes a strong sense of community and giving. This year, businesses at YVR stepped up their spirit of giving by accumulating 500 food-filled hampers to donate to Quest Food Exchange for people in need of a helping hand this Christmas.
On December 1, Anne Murray, Vice President Community & Environmental Affairs and staff representatives from Vancouver Airport Authority joined Green Coat volunteers and staff from HMSHost, Fairmont Vancouver Airport, ICE Currency Exchange and Fortune Way Group to present the Christmas dinner hampers to Quest. Elizabeth Crudgington, Executive Director for Quest Food Exchange was on site to receive the hampers and enjoy festivities that included seasonal tunes and photos with Singing Santa and hot cocoa.
Initiated by the Airport Authority, a food drive commenced in October which resulted in 360 hampers being donated including a company match. In November, YVR’s Green Coat volunteers and business partners launched their own food drives to augment the donation to reach the goal of 500 hampers. In addition, $9,000 in sponsorship dollars for YVR’s Christmas Tree Decorating Contest will fund turkeys for each hamper and cash donations from the public for best tree voting will also go to Quest.
In 2011, Vancouver Airport Authority partnered with Quest Food Exchange as its official transportation sponsor to help reduce hunger with dignity while reducing airport waste. To date, the YVR community has donated more than $130,000 cash and $135,000 worth of food, and diverted more than 2,100kg of waste from the landfill. Operating three low-cost grocery stores, Quest offers food to nearly 400 social service agencies and their clients for a fraction of the retail cost. To find out how you can help support Quest Food Exchange, visit www.questoutreach.org.