At left, Weed Man Lawn Care recently donated $1,000 to YANA; at right, the Courtenay company has already collected three pallets of food for the food bank in a current initiative. Photos supplied

At left, Weed Man Lawn Care recently donated $1,000 to YANA; at right, the Courtenay company has already collected three pallets of food for the food bank in a current initiative. Photos supplied

Courtenay Weed Man Lawn Care helping fill the shelves at Comox Valley Food Bank

Lorne Parker, the owner of the Courtenay Weed Man Lawn Care franchise, is helping the community in more ways than just lawn care.

Parker has been a long-time supporter of YANA (You Are Not Alone), and this fall, he has expanded his community service by collecting food for the Comox Valley Food Bank.

“We are going to do this every fall,” said Parker. “The original plan was to shut it down after last week, after Thanksgiving, but it was going so well we didn’t want to stop. We have three pallets worth that we are going to deliver this week – around five to seven thousand pounds worth of food – and we will keep collecting until the end of the month.”

Parker, who owns Weed Man Lawn Care franchises in Nanaimo and Victoria as well, said this is a way to show appreciation for the support the community has shown him and his business.

“The reason we chose to do it is because the Comox Valley has been incredibly supportive of our business over the years and especially during the pandemic,” said Parker. “We emailed all our clients (letting them know) that we would be collecting for the food bank and the response was overwhelming. It was a no-brainer for us to collect while we were already servicing the client and was a very easy way for us to make a big impact.”

The Weed Man Lawn Care food bank drive coincides with the annual BC Thanksgiving Food Drive.

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