The third Thursday of every single month, New Horizon Co-op donates 3% of grocery sales to not-for-profit charities to help feed the hungry in the communities we serve. Every year the Donations Committee reviews the recipients to ensure that a need still exists. In 2019, the amount donated from 3% Thursday was $49,394.00 to 14 local charities!
2020 recipients include Pregnant and Parenting Teens, GP Catholic Family services, Salvation Army, Babies Best Start, Rotary House, Grande Cache Food Bank, Grande Cache Transition House, Valleyview Food Bank, Sexsmith Food Bank, Hythe and District Food Bank, Fairview Food Bank, Beaverlodge Food Bank, Wembley United Church Food Bank, and Spirit River FCSS.
Tanya Meikle with Catholic Family Services:
“The Family/Community Liaisons works with children and families before crisis develop, through one on one support, group support, and educational programs. We provide healthy snacks and beverages for the students to enjoy and at Christmas baking supplies to bake with the students from what we receive from the 3% Thursday program. Referrals come from agencies, schools, churches, co-workers, friend and family for our Christmas Hamper Program. This past Christmas we used the 3% Thursday funds to provided hampers which included turkeys and perishable goods to 35 families and 5 seniors. We are truly grateful to have been a recipient of the 3% Thursday program.”
Meaghan Cook with Babies Best Start:
“New Horizon Co-op 3% Thursday Program has allowed the Babies’ Best Start to provide free fresh fruits, vegetables and 41 bags of potatoes to enhance food security to 154 people in 2019. The 3% Thursday Program continues to make a difference to our community.”
Betty Dies with Fairview Food Bank:
“In January we filled 81 hampers plus 18 clients coming for bread only. 36 of these hampers were for families with children. To date in February, we have filled 53 hampers. Our shelves can empty very quickly and the New Horizon Co-op’s 3% Thursday which we appreciate so much helps us to purchase much needed groceries.”
Kerry Harris with Salvation Army:
“The funds received from 3% Thursday are used for our hot meal program that serves approximately 40 to 50 people for breakfast and 75 people for lunch. The items for the hot meal program are not donated. A big thank you to Co-op for their generosity in the past.”
Naomi Robinson with Sexsmith and Area Food Bank:
“The 3% Thursday program is so wonderful to our Food Bank. Due to the Co-op donating this money, our food bank always remains stocked for all our clients. We can pick up/replace the needed kids snacks whenever it is required, due to the Co-op’s generosity with this program. It is such a benefit to all involved with the food bank when Co-op donates these funds, what a wonderful community gift.”