Coffee, Cars and the Greater Vancouver Food Bank
Coffee and Cars, a highlight of our summer event calendar, is a casual car meet we hold on the second Saturday of every month from April through to October. We started these events five years ago with the aim of taking advantage of the nice weather and bringing car aficionados together. Owners show off their favourite cars, we supply coffee and pastries, and everybody brings enthusiasm! It has gained a loyal following and we look forward to it every month.
This year we wanted to use the event to give back to the community and decided to partner with the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. The GVFB provides training, access to healthy food and education to over 28,000 people each week. Donations peak during the holiday season when the spirit of giving is at the forefront of people’s mind. However, the GVFB experiences sharp declines in donations during the summer months. We saw an opportunity to support the community and were eager to help out!
The Food Bank sent two friendly volunteers to Coffee and Cars to collect donations, and sports car fans showed their excitement for the initiative by showing their support. In July we raised $249.00 and collected a staggering 96.5 lbs of food! August was also a successful month with $173.10 in monetary donations and 158 lbs of food collected. Cash donations to the Food Bank go a long way, as they have partnered with grocers to get an additional $2 worth of food for every $1 worth of food purchased. Thus, the $407 we collected over July and August has triple the purchasing power and will buy $1221 worth of food! We are proud of the generosity everybody at the event showed and plan to continue our partnership with the GVFB at the next Coffee and Cars.
The Weissach team would like to thank everybody that came to the event for their donations and company. We had a great time admiring the wide variety of cars, meeting new enthusiasts, and connecting with old friends! The next Coffee and Cars will be held at Spanish Banks on October 10th. We encourage all attendees to continue supporting the GVFB by bringing either a none-perishable food donation or cash donation, and of course their favourite car. It will be our last event for the season and we hope to see you there!