Restaurants across British Columbia remain closed to sit-down customers in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The closure, ordered by provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, is entering its sixth week.
And while many restaurants are offering take-out or delivery service, sales are way down.
The BC Hockey League’s West Kelowna Warriors and Central Okanagan Food Bank hope to change that—at least for one night.
The two organizations have teamed up for Community Night this Thursday, an initiative aimed at helping both restaurants in West Kelowna and also the food bank, which has seen a marked increase in those needing assistance.
Most businesses have been forced to close their doors as people are asked to stay inside. Thousands of employees in the Central Okanagan are out of work as a result.
The hockey club is pledging to donate $10 to the food bank for every order of $30 or more at one of the 11 participating restaurants on Thursday.
“We wanted to help our community in this time of need. We noticed the good people at GRM Inc. introduced this brilliant initiative earlier this month, so I reached out and asked if we could follow it up,” Warriors president Chris Laurie said.
“They were delighted. Please helps us deliver a night to remember for our local restaurants and feed hundreds of families in need.”
Restaurants taking part include Boston Pizza, Original Joe’s, C Lovers, Bamboo Chopsticks, Kelly O’Bryan’s, Murray’s Pizza, Kekuli Cafe, Sammy J’s, Chopped Leaf, Il Mercado Social Kitchen in West Kelowna and Gasthaus on the Lake in Peachland.
The promotion runs from 4 p.m. until close.
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