Summer can be a difficult time for food banks – many donors are on vacation and families can be hard-pressed to find enough food to feed their children.

Thankfully, this summer the Urban Development Institute – Victoria Chapter, Tri-Eagle Developments, and Michael and Debbie Jawl have united to sponsor the “Urban Development Institute Summer Stock-Up Food Drive”.

It will be held Thursday, August 9th, from 7am thru 10am, at the former Island Audio store – 1620 Blanshard Street at Fisgard. The site of the future Gateway Green Building.

There is an easy drive-thru access for cars, and volunteers will be on hand to help unload non-perishable food donations for The Mustard Seed. Cash donations are also welcome, and volunteers will be there to issue tax receipts.

Brent Palmer, Food Bank Director at The Mustard Seed, says, “This event comes at a perfect time to replenish our food supplies. Our shelves are looking pretty bare at the moment and the need in our community remains high. Our sincere thanks to the organizers of this food drive.”

Travis Lee, President of Tri-Eagle, says “At any given time there are several vacant properties in the region that are in between tenancies. I encourage property owners to consider partnering up with community and charity groups to assist on short term projects, especially in high profile locations.”

Mike Miller, President of Abstract Developments and UDI Victoria, says “As Developers we understand the value of real estate and the opportunity that exists, on a short term basis, with vacant properties to assist groups like The Mustard Seed. UDI Victoria is pleased to help match our member’s properties with charity groups when ever possible.”

Media representatives are welcome to be on-site during the food drive on August 9th.

We also welcome requests for advance interviews – available will be Mike Miller, President of the Urban Development Institute Victoria Chapter and Mr. Travis Lee of Tri-Eagle Development.

For further information, or to arrange an interview with Mr. Mike Miller or Mr. Travis Lee, please contact:

Kathy Hogan ( Executive Officer)
Urban Development Institute
udivictoria@udi.org
250-383-1072

At the Mustard Seed Food Bank, please contact:

Debbie Reynolds
Debbie@mustardseed.ca
250-953-1582