Lunch Box Challenge returns
Okanagan Edge Staff - Mar 22, 2021 - Get Involved

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The provincial construction industry is planning on giving an even bigger boost to the restaurant business this year.

April is Construction and Skilled Trades Month, and the BC Construction Association will once again be asking its members to participate in the #lunchboxchallenge, when employers buy lunch for their crews. Scott Construction came up with the initiative last year, and more than 200 employers across the province participated.

This year the BCCA is offering 100 grants worth $37,500 to make sure the ball gets rolling to help the struggling restaurant industry.

“Our industry was declared essential throughout the pandemic, and while it’s been a tough year, we’re proud of how well we’ve done and keen to give the workforce a bit of recognition,” BCCA president Chris Atchison said in a press release.

“We’re grateful that we were able to keep working. The restaurant industry hasn’t been so fortunate, so it’s good do a little something to help the local restaurants who are also working hard in every community.”

The provincial restaurant industry is thankful that the construction business is focusing its attention on its 35,000 businesses and nearly 400,000 workers.

“It’s wonderful to see B.C.’s construction industry go out of its way to support the wider community and reach out to local restaurants that may be struggling to get through the COVID-19 pandemic intact,” BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association president and CEO Ian Tostenson.

“It’s a generous idea and we’re thrilled to support it by making posters available to all our members so they can put them up in the window or even visit the construction sites near them and make sure they’re aware of the grants and the #lunchboxchallenge.”

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