Good Karma

Karma Coffee gives a big boost to Oceanside's Salvation Army Food Bank

Karma Coffee’s Rob Wesson shows the Salvation Army’s Major Rolf       Guenther their roasting facility.

Karma Coffee’s Rob Wesson shows the Salvation Army’s Major Rolf Guenther their roasting facility.

The more Karma coffee you buy the more good karma you’ll receive now as the local fair trade, organic roaster will donate a portion to the Salvation Army.

Karma Coffee has been donating coffee to the food bank and soup kitchen for years, but a recent addition at their Coombs roasting facility and store, owner Rob Wesson and his partner will start contributing a portion of the proceeds from all coffee beans sold to the local food banks.

Wesson said his father fought in the Second World War and his grandfather fought in the First World War and they both spoke very highly of the organization and encouraged him to work with them if he was going to work with any charitable group.

The roaster will donate around five cents a bag to the Salvation Army on a quarterly basis, which Major Rolf Guenther said they will use for the food bank in the region where the funds come from, sales in Nanaimo will help the food bank there, he explained.

Guenther said they spend $4,500 to $5,000 a month on extra food so along with food donations, cash is always appreciated.

The local food bank now distributes 360 hampers a month, each being a weeks worth of food, compared to 280 last year.

Karma coffee is mostly available at stores and restaurants throughout District 69 but they’re branching out across the Island. 

They recently renovated their Coombs location to add a cafe area with a view of the roasting beans.

They also have a booth at the Parksville Tourist Information Centre through the summer.

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