Brief: ‘Mask Up REVY.’ campaign collects big donations for food bank

The 'Mask Up REVY.' campaign handed out 20 000 masks and collected big donations for the Community Connections' food programs.

The 'Mask Up REVY.' campaign contributors: Ingrid Bron, Sheena Bell, Bryan Lee, Patti Larson, Gary Sulz. Photo: Provided by the City of Revelstoke

The Revelstoke Recovery Task Force (RTF) has with support from the city, handed out 20,000 free REVY. branded masks to businesses, residents, and visitors.

The “Mask Up REVY.” campaign collected over 9,000 dollars and 350 pounds of food donations at the Visitor Information Centre during the mask distribution.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Community Connections has experienced a great increase of households in need, with 125 new clients signing up for food programs since March 2020. 

The food bank saw 94 new registrants during the campaign, and many more accessed the service without signing up. 

In contrast, last year the food bank had 52 new registrants over the same time frame.

RTF reminds Revelstoke residents and visitors that “Staying Safe = Staying Open.” Wear your mask in public spaces, socially distance, and keep your bubble small.

RTF also encourages all local residents to take the community wellbeing survey. 

Sofie Hagland is the multimedia community journalist for Revelstoke Mountaineer. When Sofie is not skinning up a mountain or climbing up a rock, she is probably behind a camera looking for her next story. Do you have tips on Revelstoke news, outdoor life, or what's happening in the community? Contact Sofie at sofie@revelstokemountaineer.com or call/text 672-999-3616.