The Greater Vancouver Food Bank is pleased to announce the success of the 2015 ‘SOUP’er Start event, which took place on Wednesday, January 7th from 11:00am – 3:00pm at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
In an effort to help everyone kick start their 2015 New Year’s resolutions to eat more fresh, healthy foods and get involved in giving back to the community, the Food Bank teamed up with long time supporter Happy Planet to hand out packages of all-natural soups throughout the downtown core.
Thanks to the generosity of Happy Planet, thousands of packages of fresh soup were provided in exchange for a donation to the Food Bank. In just a few short hours over $3,000 was raised, translating into approximately $9,000 that will be used towards the purchase of fresh, local produce for Food Bank members.
Aart Schuurman Hess, CEO, Greater Vancouver Food Bank says: "What a wonderful way to begin the year, being out in the community with those we assist and equally with those who support us and the work we do. The 2015 'Soup'er Start brought people together in a spirit of generosity and nourishment with simple, delicious food and we can't thank Happy Planet enough for making it possible. It was a truly inspiring event."
In addition to the funds raised, Happy Planet is donating over 58,000 packages of soup to the Food Bank to continue nourishing the community in the weeks to come.