Eat out and help the food bank

StreetSmart encourages diners to add $1 to their restaurant bill with proceeds going to two Victoria food banks

A charitable movement that’s raised more than $12 million for food banks worldwide is planting roots in Greater Victoria.

StreetSmart is a simple concept: for the next two months, participating restaurants ask patrons if they’re interested in donating $1 to a local food bank. At the end of the campaign, the charities that serve the community’s most needy get a big financial boost when they need it most.

“Thanks to generous local donors, 100 per cent of the proceeds will go to local charities,” said Karen Clarke, StreetSmart Victoria organizer.

There are already nine restaurants onboard locally including Sooke Harbour House, 10 Acres, Ça Va, Cafe Brio, Milestone’s, Pescatores, Cheryl’s Gourmet Pantry, Relish and The Marina Restaurant in Oak Bay.

Clarke and her team are still hoping to sign up more restaurants as the campaign moves forward.

“Victoria is a perfect place to do this, because we have so many wonderful restaurants,” she said.

The Mustard Seed and Sooke food banks will receive every penny of collected donations, while administrative and marketing costs for StreetSmart have been covered by philanthropists in the community, she said.

“Simply add a dollar to the end of your bill. It doesn’t affect server gratuities and it doesn’t cost the restaurant anything. The feedback we’ve had from Vancouver is the restaurants loved being a part of it, the servers feel they’re contributing to the community and the local connection is a big factor for a lot of people.”

In the U.K., StreetSmart has raised over $12 million since its inception in 1998, and has since spread to five other countries. The Canadian branch is also running campaigns in Vancouver, Chilliwack, Toronto and Kingston.

To participate, email Clarke at karenclarke@streetsmartcanada.org.

 

For an up-to-date list of participating restaurants, visit streetsmartcanada.org.

 

 

Just Posted

VicPD volunteers check more than 16,000 vehicles in effort to stop thefts

Police report increase in theft from vehicle reports in last six months

Baby raccoon euthanized after having rat trap stuck to its paw for a week

Wild ARC encourages humane options, practices for pest control

Esquimalt council approves building, dog areas for Gorge Park

$7 million in funding for waterfront improvements goes to multipurpose building and dog park

Plant-based pizza restaurant to open its doors in Victoria this December

Virtuous Pie has locations in Vancouver, Toronto and Portland

PHOTOS: Trangender flag raised for first time ever outside of B.C. Legislature

Nov. 20 marks Transgender Day of Remembrance, honouring those who have been murdered

B.C. politicians view supermodel’s transition journey on Transgender Day

Liberal MLA Jane Thornthwaite and New Democrat MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert appear in the documentary

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Nov. 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Do you plan on making any purchases on Black Friday?

We’ve all seen the images. Shoppers rioting outside of a store in… Continue reading

John Mann, singer and songwriter of group Spirit of the West dead at 57

Mann died peacefully in Vancouver on Wednesday from early onset Alzheimer’s

VIDEO: B.C. high school’s turf closed indefinitely as plastic blades pollute waterway

Greater Victoria resident stumbles on plastic contamination from Oak Bay High

Four arrested after report of shots fired in Nanaimo

RCMP arrest four suspects in high-risk takedown in Cedar

South Cariboo Driver hits four cows due to fog

The RCMP’s investigation is ongoing

B.C. won’t appeal decision protecting ICBC court experts

Change to evidence rules next to save money, David Eby says

1898 Yukon gold rush photo featuring Greta Thunberg look-alike sends internet into tailspin

Jokes erupted this week after a 120-year-old photo taken by Eric A. Hegg surfaced from archives

Most Read