Regina, SK – Access Communications employees successfully completed an internal fundraising campaign that netted proceeds of $11,585 in support of the Food Banks of Saskatchewan’s Crisis Response Fund, which will help provide bulk food purchasing, food hamper delivery, and staff to coordinate efforts during the COVID-19 crisis. The fundraising campaign included donations from hundreds of employees, as well as contributions from Access Communications Co-operative and the Access Communications Employees’ Association.
“Our food banks need help now more than ever and as Access employees, we believe in doing our part,” said Tom Boyko, President of the Access Communications Employees’ Association. “We have been fortunate to avoid layoffs during the pandemic. It’s only right that we show our gratitude and support to the communities we serve by helping those that haven’t been as fortunate during these difficult times.”
"This crisis has encouraged people to come together and make a difference in our province. We couldn’t be more delighted that Access Communications responded to the needs of the province’s most vulnerable in such a big way,” said Laurie O'Connor, Executive Director, Food Banks of Saskatchewan.
Food Banks of Saskatchewan is on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. Some food banks are experiencing up to a 60% increase in the number of users because of the provincial state of emergency. The COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund is looking to raise $6 million to continue the critical work in the coming months, including increased demand and new ways of distributing food. To learn more or to donate, please visit www.skfoodbanks.ca.
About Access Communications Co-operative
Access Communications Co-operative is one of Saskatchewan’s largest telecommunications companies, but we do so much more than provide reliable, affordable Internet, television, telephone and security services. What makes Access unique is our involvement in the communities we serve, especially through our Access7 community channels.
Access Communications began serving customers in 1978. For over 40 years, we have grown into a province-wide co-operative serving over 235 communities and 160,000 sq. km of rural areas in Saskatchewan. As a not-for-profit co-operative, we invest 100% of our earnings back into the communities and rural areas where we live and do business. To learn more about our Co-operative, visit www.myaccess.ca.
About the Food Banks of Saskatchewan
Food Banks of Saskatchewan (FBS) is the provincial association of food banks working together to build, support and strengthen relationships with the community to better serve and advocate on behalf of hungry and food insecure people across Saskatchewan. In 2019, FBS served approximately 40,000 people per month, 42% of them children, through foods banks reaching every part of the province www.skfoodbanks.ca/find-a-food-bank/. The seven largest food banks are in Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert, Battlefords, Moose Jaw, Lac La Ronge and Rosthern. Food banks in Saskatoon and Regina provide the infrastructure for the provincial association.