By Laura Keil

Valemount Food Bank, McBride Food Bank, John Peterson, Peter Reimer, Len Jones, Dorothy Jones
Peter Reimer (left) and John Peterson (right) with Food Bank managers Len and Dorothy Jones.

The McBride and Valemount food banks had a little more to go around this hoiliday season after several generous donations. John Peterson of Yellowhead Realty sits on the board of The Mutual Fire Insurance Company of BC. At a recent meeting, Peterson mentioned the need for donations for the local food banks. The insurance company’s board allotted two donations of $500 – one for Valemount and one for McBride. But after hearing about the insurance company’s donation, Peter Reimer, the notary in Valemount, decided to pitch in his own $500 along with $500 matched from the owner of Underwriters Insurance. The Valemount Food Bank will thus get $1,500, or enough for 23 Christmas hampers. Dorothy Jones of the Valemount Food Bank says a Christmas food hamper costs roughly $65 and they have more than 35 families on their list. Jones says the money is a big help. “Our money is getting really low. We need to get turkeys for Christmas.” Reimer said of his personal donation “It’s a no-brainer. We can’t let one of our insurance companies do something and do nothing here.”