Travel clinic to host fundraiser for food bank
Airdrie’s new travel clinic will be hosting a fundraiser for the Airdrie Food Bank, with $1 from every travel vaccine purchase going towards the organization.
Funds raised will go to the food bank’s hamper program starting now and running until Dec. 31.
“We’re so appreciative of Polaris Travel Clinic and Pharmacy that they have agreed to partner with us in this way,” said Lori McRitchie, director of the Airdrie Food Bank.
“To donate part of their proceeds to those in need.”
The Airdrie food hamper program provides enough food to feed a family of four for between seven and 10 days, according to the food bank.
Clients of the food bank can apply for a maximum of six hampers in a 12-month period, and only once in 30 days.
Each hamper includes nutritionally balanced food choices from the Canada Food Guide, including canned and dry food choices, meat and dairy items, as well as perishable fruit and vegetables.
Polaris Travel Clinic and Pharmacy opened in Airdrie in January 2013, with a focus to keep travellers safe and healthy while aboard, according to Jason Kmet, owner of the clinic.
“We decided that we wanted to have a regular program in place to help out,” Kmet said.
“I’ve met Lori a few times and have seen all the good work she and the food bank are doing. It’s a good local cause.”
Kmet said with the fall coming up, the number of people travelling abroad to warmer climates will increase, which will help drive up donation dollars.
“(We’re hoping for) as much as we can get,” Kmet said when asked if there was a specific total in mind to donate.
Polaris is located at 191 Edwards Way SW Airdrie. For more information, contact Kmet at 403-980-8747.