Pictured are (from left) Tanya Gabara, director of public relations for Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited; Lucas Driediger and Rebecca Thuro of Archway Food Bank; and Jim Brenner, general manager of Chances Abbotsford. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Chances Abbotsford annual fundraiser most successful ever

Canada Day pancake breakfast and barbecue fills shelves at Archway Food Bank of Abbotsford

Chances Abbotsford’s eighth annual Canada Day food bank fundraiser was its most successful ever.

The annual Canada Day pancake breakfast and barbecue saw all proceeds to Archway Food Bank of Abbotsford.

Starting in the morning, guests were served a delicious pancake breakfast for free with the donation of a non-perishable item. In the afternoon, the festivities shifted to a fantastic barbecue served by the talented culinary team from the Red 21 Tap + Grill. For a donation of $6 guests received their choice of a hot dog or burger, chips and a drink with 100 per cent of sales to the food bank.

In total, this event was the most successful of any year, raising $1,785 and bringing in more than 1,000 pounds of food.

Over the past eight years, this event has raised thousands of dollars and delivered more than 3,000 pounds of non-perishable goods to the food bank.

“We know that summer can be a very slow season for donations to local food banks,” said Jim Brenner, General Manager at Chances Abbotsford. “This event is our way of ensuring there is always something on the shelves for those that need a helping hand.”

Rebecca Thuro from the Archway Food Bank stated, “This donation couldn’t have come at a better time as summer is Archway Food Bank’s leanest time of the year. We really appreciate the efforts made by the staff and community to make these donations possible.

“Every month we feed over 3,000 people, with 40 per cent being children. We’ve been feeding people in Abbotsford for over 50 years, and it’s moments like this that really warm our hearts.”

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