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BCAC and Thrifty Foods Support Abbotsford Food Bank

January 26, 2011
Abbotsford, BC - January 26th - For the fourth consecutive year, the BC Agriculture Council (BCAC) is contributing proceeds from its annual Agri-Food Gala to the Abbotsford Food Bank. This year Thrifty Foods, one of the gala's sponsors, has partnered with the Council in making the donation.

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The Abbotsford Food Bank was presented with a cheque for $4,000 at the new Thrifty Foods store in Abbotsford the morning after the annual gala. "We are pleased to be able to partner with the farmers and ranchers of BC in making this contribution," said Abbotsford Thrifty Foods store manager Michael Bryant. "Giving back is an integral part of our company's culture and food bank programs like our Food for Families and BC Sharing provide ongoing support to communities across the Lower Mainland".

Thrifty Foods provides close to $400,000 a year in Thrifty Foods Smile Cards to seventeen local area food banks to assist with the purchase of BC fresh fruit, vegetables and groceries as required throughout the year. Community support is business as usual for Thrifty Foods. In December alone, the generous donations of staff and customers raised over $216,000 in funds and fresh groceries for food banks, Abbotsford included.

"The farmers and ranchers of British Columbia are proud of the diversity of high quality, nutritious food products they produce every year," said BCAC chair and Abbotsford turkey farmer Garnet Etsell. "We want all British Columbians to be able to access these products."

The donation is also intended to help raise awareness of the importance of giving back to society. Food Banks are reliant on community support and both financial and food donations are crucial to their ability to provide service throughout the year.

"We all know that there are people in our society who are at times only able to access nutritious food through their local food bank," said Ben Stewart, Minister of Agriculture. "I commend the BCAC and Thrifty Foods for leading by example and helping the Abbotsford Food Bank meet this crucial need.

From a single store opening in Victoria's Fairfield community in 1977, Thrifty Foods has grown, in 2010, to a chain of twenty-six locations throughout Vancouver Island and the BC Lower Mainland. Along the way, it has become Vancouver Island's largest private sector employer, with over 4,600 employees, and one of Canada's most respected grocery brands. Thrifty Foods is now a proud member of the Sobeys group of companies. For more information, visit http://www.thriftyfoods.com/.

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For more information, please contact:

Erin Kelly,Communications Manager
Thrifty Foods
Tel: (250) 483-1172 Cell: (250) 661-3759
Email: ekelly@thriftyfoods.com

Garnet Etsell
BC Agriculture Council
Tel: (604 854-4454)
Email: info@bcac.bc.ca