Penticton Salvation Army Food Bank manager John Rankin and Pastor Major John Trickett receive a donation for the food bank from Graphically Hip owner Sarah Tucker, who was once reliant on the Food Bank herself. (Contributed)

Small business owner makes big donation to Penticton Food Bank

Across the country, more people are becoming reliant on food bank’s amid COVID-19

A Penticton woman was recently able to give back to an organization she once relied on to feed herself.

Sarah Tucker, owner of Graphically Hip, a Penticton-based branding and print design company, fulfilled a promise she once made to herself by donating $1,000 to the Penticton Salvation Army Food Bank.

“I used to actually depend on the Food Bank at one time. I always said, once I got to a point in my life where I could give it back I would. Especially during the COVID-19, that was important to me,” said Tucker.

“It’s like the ultimate high to be able to give back to a program that helped me out and in-turn give a hand up to others in need.”

With the Penticton Salvation Army Food Bank seeing a growing number of people sign up for food hampers, Tucker felt the time was now to help fill the need.

READ MORE: COVID-19: Penticton food bank sees ‘substantial’ rise in demand

“We have had double the amount of new households registering for the food hamper program over the same period as last year. A lot of them are affected by COVID-19 due to employment hours dropping or they have lost their jobs. It has resulted in more families and individuals signing up for the hamper program for the first time in their lives,” said John Rankin, Penticton Salvation Army Food Bank manager.

Of the $1,000, Tucker donated $200 herself, and raised $750 from a virtual bingo night she hosted for five weeks.

The additional $50 came from a decal campaign she initiated in April.

With the campaign, Tucker aimed to bring the community together with positive messaging during the pandemic. Decals are still available and can be purchased at Boston Pizza and Lucky’s Pet Supply. Tucker also received late donations from Lockworks for $70 and $50 from Staci McGill.

“It’s so great to see someone like Sarah, who runs a small business, that gives back to the community,” said Rankin.

“Things are most likely tight for even her, so we truly appreciate the efforts of small business during this time, and every person and business that donates and supports us.”

The Penticton Salvation Army Food Bank is receiving donations, as well as government support, but Rankin said they are always in need of additional donations.

READ MORE: Penticton Firefighters donate $450 to local food bank

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