Almost $10,000 was raised for Revelstoke’s food bank at the Visitor Information Centre during the free mask distribution campaign.
20,000 masks were purchased with funding from the city of Revelstoke, the chamber of commerce as well as the CSRD and given out to businesses, residents and visitors starting in mid August.
Food and monetary donations were collected as the masks were given out. In total 350 lbs of food was collected in addition to the money.
According to Community Connections the food bank has had approximately 125 new clients since mid-March 2020. There were 94 new registrants and many more who accessed this service without registration.
In comparison, there were 52 new registrants in 2019 during the same time frame.
The Revelstoke Recovery Task Force, who brought forward the mask distribution concept, called the Mask Up Revy initiative a success.