Victoria charity asks people not to donate food during COVID-19 pandemic

Victoria charity asks people not to donate food during COVID-19 pandemic
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A Victoria charitable organization is asking people to forgo food donations for the time being.

The Victoria Cool Aid Society, also known as Cool Aid, said in a press release issued Wednesday that it can no longer accept donations of goods or food, regardless of whether it is packaged or not, in an effort to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

The ban extends to leftovers from coffee shops, grocery stores and bakeries, the release notes.

Cool Aid is instead asking people to provide financial donations, particularly in the form of grocery store gift cards, which can be purchased on their website and will be used to provide food to the less fortunate.

“Cool Aid’s online shopping cart allows caring community members to make a donation that will be used to purchase gift cards that will be given directly to people in need,” the release says, adding that “by providing gift cards for the people who need it most, people are also supporting our local economy.”

Please visit the online shopping cart at to select from a number of grocery and food-related gift cards. Those wishing to make a financial donation that isn’t in the form of a grocery store gift card are asked to visit or call 250-383-1977. Cheques can also be mailed 101-749 Pandora Avenue, Victoria, B.C. V8W 1N9


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