Kevin Pearson

Sooke councillor helps feed food bank

Kevin Pearson donates $1,000 to Sooke Food Bank after winning radio contest

Coun. Kevin Pearson is paying it forward.

Pearson recently won $6,000 in CFAX Radio’s Free Groceries for a Year contest and is donating $1,000 of his winnings to the Sooke Food Bank.

The donation couldn’t come at a better time, said Kim Metzger, coordinator of the food bank.

The cupboards are bare at the food bank and with Christmas quickly approaching more donations are needed.

“It’s been tough over the fall,” Metzger said.

Most of Pearson’s donation will go toward helping children and seniors, said Metzger, noting the average food bank donation is about $20.

It’s not the first time Pearson has helped food banks in a big way.

Several years ago, he coordinated the Stamp Out Hunger food drive for his employer Canada Post in Victoria.

“I’ve been a fortunate in life, and believe if you get something for free, if your luck is with you, make sure pay that forward to someone else that maybe hasn’t been so fortunate,” Pearson said.

“I’m making a donation to the Sooke Food Bank because it’s in my community.”