Baggage scales did double duty earlier this month when YVR weighed coins collected as part of its Final Boarding Call for Pennies fundraiser. In total, 518 kilograms of pennies were collected: enough to fund about 2,200 lunches for children in need this summer.
The money raised will be used to provide food vouchers for families to shop in one of the three not-for-profit grocery markets operated by Quest Food Exchange, a Vancouver-based, not-for-profit organization that helps those in need access affordable, healthy food.
From June 14-27, the YVR community – including airport passengers and employees from its 400+ businesses – donated pennies to benefit Quest, thereby proving that, when combined with coins collected from across the airport, a single penny can make a real difference in the lives of children in need in our community.
Coins donated were tallied at a public copper-coin celebration, which included a weigh-in, penny-themed games and penny candies. Students from Sea Island Elementary School participated in the event to help roll the mounds of donated coins.
Vancouver Airport Authority is the Official Transportation Sponsor of Quest and has donated $100,000 to the non-profit organization as part of a unique two-year partnership that has also served to facilitate key relationships between Quest and YVR employees, partners, tenants and travellers. To date, these partnerships have resulted in cash donations of more than $120,000 and food donations worth more than $125,000.