Save-On-Foods has stores at the Village Green Centre and the Shops at Polson Park in Vernon.

Save-On-Foods has stores at the Village Green Centre and the Shops at Polson Park in Vernon.

Save-On rallies for kids’ hospital

A $15 million gift from Save-On-Foods will establish Canada’s first storefront immunization clinic at B.C. Children’s Hospita

A $15 million gift from Save-On-Foods will establish Canada’s first storefront immunization clinic at B.C. Children’s Hospital and consultation services to physicians across the province.

Its goal is to improve immunization rates for all children, including those with complex medical conditions. The donation will also fund medical equipment.

“The Save-On-Foods family has already donated more than $30 million in funding innovative programs that profoundly affect the health and well-being of B.C. children,” said Teri Nicholas, B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation president.

”This commitment brings their all-time giving to $45 million – making Save-On-Foods our biggest donor of all time.”

The new immunization clinic will be situated in Children’s Hospital’s ambulatory care building and open not only to patients, but all family members.

Last year, 86,000 children and youth were treated at B.C. Children’s – counting their siblings and parents, the clinic has potential to provide thousands of immunizations annually when it opens to the public in the fall of 2017.

“The Save-On-Foods team is passionate about our communities and it’s by supporting the tremendous efforts of the fine folks at B.C. Children’s Hospital that we’re able to help change lives across this province,” said Darrell Jones, Save-On-Foods president.