Kia Victoria facilitates a food drive for the Mustard Seed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo courtesy Bethan Ostermann)

Victoria car dealership helps fill shelves at the Mustard Seed Food Bank

Kia Victoria staff also delivering groceries, prescriptions for home-bound residents

The Greater Victoria Kia dealership is combating COVID-19 with kindness – staff are collecting donations for the Mustard Seed Food Bank in light of the pandemic.

Business has been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, said general manager Brad Ostermann. He explained that while staff are still working to service vehicles, they’re also looking for other ways to help those most vulnerable in the community.

Before COVID-19, there were approximately 50,000 people accessing food through Greater Victoria community organizations, but with layoffs caused by the outbreak, that number is expected to rise.

The dealership was already connected to the Mustard Seed Food Bank as the staff did a collection at the end of 2019 and dropped off the donations in January. After the holidays, the food banks are often running low, Ostermann explained.

This time around, service centre customers can make a donation of $5 on their service invoice and the dealership will match it. Those who bring in a can of non-perishable food receive $5 off their service bill.

Ostermann emphasized that while customers are being encouraged to donate, anyone wanting to contribute can drop off food or donations at the dealership. He added that staff are also willing to pick up donations around Victoria for those who can’t leave home but would still like to contribute.

“We’re fortunate in that we have plenty of vehicles, staff without much to do, and a willingness to help. It seemed like a natural fit,” Ostermann said.

He added that Kia Victoria staff are also helping the community by picking up groceries and prescriptions.

“We have four sons that are looking to my wife and me for guidance right now,” Ostermann said. “I don’t have the playbook for how this all ends but I do know that kindness always wins.”

To make a donation or to ask for a grocery or prescription delivery, contact the dealership at 250-360-1111 or visit the website kiavictoria.ca.


@devonscarlett
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

devon.bidal@saanichnews.com

CoronavirusFood Bankfood security

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vancouver Island hasn’t seen a new homegrown case of COVID-19 in two weeks

Island’s low and steady transmission rate chalked up to several factors

VIDEO: Saanich police tackle man who refused to move off Trans-Canada Highway

At this point, it is unclear why the man refused to move

Three people facing mischief charges after protests at Premier John Horgan’s home

Special prosecutor was appointed to avoid real or perceived undue influence

Crime stats show a shift in Oak Bay during COVID-19

Thefts from automobiles, marinas up this spring

Suspected thief drops backpack of stolen goods and runs

Oak Bay Police use K9 for suspicious male

Trudeau to seek 10 days of paid sick leave for Canadian workers, says talks are ongoing

Paid sick leave is key to keeping COVID-19 spread under control, prime minister says

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

CVRD testing Shawnigan water after complaints of metallic taste, odour

“This type of problem has come up a number of times in summers in the past”

COVID-19 cases next to nil on Vancouver Island

Only one COVID-19 patient being treated at Island Health’s hospitals

Andrew Weaver says he was ready to defeat John Horgan government

Independent MLA blasts B.C. Greens over LNG opposition

44% fewer passengers flew on Canadian airlines in March 2020 than in 2019

COVID-19 pandemic has hit airlines hard as travel remains low

Commercial rent relief applications open as feds encourage landlords to apply

Program would see government cover 50 per cent of the rent

COVID-19: B.C. park reservations surge as campgrounds reopen

Keep trying, many sites not reservable, George Heyman says

For the record

A correction to the May 20 Rickter Scale

Most Read