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Grassroots charity seeks to raise $9,000 for Vancouver Food Bank

For its nine-year anniversary, Feed the People's fundraising campaign has moved online

A Vancouver-based grassroots charitable organization is celebrating another year of operation by continuing what it set out to do nine years ago, inspire people to give back to those less fortunate on their birthdays.

Feed the People was started by Ariel Swan on her birthday nearly a decade ago and since then the organization has created fundraising events to give back to those in need in Vancouver and beyond. This year though, what with coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions cancelling any and all events, Swan is moving fundraising efforts online.

“This year I am hoping to raise $9000 in food for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank instead of running an event,” Swan wrote on her GoFundMe campaign page. “Join me in making a difference in our community. Each $1 we raise has the power to buy $3 worth of food at the Food Bank, so any amount you can donate makes an impact.”

In Feed The People’s nine years of existence, the organization has inspired 3,000 volunteers to join events, contributors have served over 50,000 meals and distributed over $100,000 of new socks, underwear, and clothes.

The organization's reach has also gone international, building houses and a community centre in El Salvador and running campaigns to feed children in rural Peru. 

“Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause. I can't believe it's been 9 years of Feed the People,” Swan wrote. “I am forever grateful to everyone who has supported me and Feed the People since the beginning. I can't wait until we can run events again.”