The Root Cellar matched dollar for dollar, all donations collected at the tills during the week of Dec 14 – 20, 2017.  Combined with the donations received in store to the Rainbow Kitchen kettle, the grand total for the 2017 campaign is $13,801.56 (exceeding that of last year by $1,300).

Root Cellar owner, Daisy Orser said “we are honoured to help feed our community and contribute to such a worthwhile non-profit organization.  We are also extremely proud to announce that our 5 year donation grand total, solely from the Root Cellar’s annual fundraiser for the Rainbow Kitchen, is over $47,000!”.

Through the generosity of the Root Cellar customers and staff, this donation means that a hot meal has been served to over 24,000 people, including families and children in need, within our very own community via the efforts of the Kitchen over the past 5 years.

The continuing collaboration between the Rainbow Kitchen and the Root Cellar has proved an enduring and successful local partnership within the community, and both parties look forward to working towards creating a sustainable food network accessible to everyone, a belief central to both the Root Cellar and the Kitchen.

Rainbow Kitchen board member Jennifer Hawes said “this holiday fundraiser is one of the most important contributors to the annual running costs of the kitchen, and is in addition to the ongoing donations provided to the kitchen by the Root Cellar this past 5 years, that’s over 500lbs of perishable food each and every week – the only grocery retailer to support the kitchen in this way.  Our ongoing partnership means that we can continue to provide healthy nutritious lunches for up to 150 people every week day, and that’s a wonderful gift that extends far past the holiday season.”

Read the full article in Saanich News here.