First West Credit Union launches unique initiative to boost local economies while supporting food banks through its regional brands

LANGLEY, B.C. –First West Credit Union is partnering with members across its regional divisions to provide financial support to food banks and small businesses continuing to feel the ripple effects of COVID-19.

Get a Meal Give a Meal is centered around social and economic wellbeing and raises funds for local food banks by encouraging First West members to purchase meals from local restaurants. In a time of economic uncertainty, this model provides a safe and economical way for members to support their local community.

The benefits of Get a Meal Give a Meal are two-fold:

  • First West will donate $5 to local food banks for each order placed at participating restaurants
  • For any orders over $50 (before tax), First West will subsidize members for $25, ensuring that the full order amount goes to the restaurant

“The impact of the current situation on local restaurants and food banks has continued to be the cause of significant financial uncertainty in our communities, and by leveraging our network we can help in a sustainable and meaningful way,” explains Launi Skinner, CEO of First West Credit Union. “Initiatives like this are what we try to embody as a values-driven cooperative financial institution, and the community response we’ve seen across our regions has been incredible to watch.”

Get a Meal Give a Meal is a part of First West’s community investment signature causes, Feed the Valley and The Full Cupboard, aimed at raising food, funds and awareness for local food banks.

Since the creation of these signature causes First West has raised over $3,540,000 for local food banks, providing more than 10.6 million meals to those in need. More information on these initiatives can be found at or

Company Information

About First West Credit Union

First West Credit Union offers members the financial strength, comprehensive product selection and extended branch network of a large financial institution while maintaining local brand identities and a unique grassroots approach to service. Led by Launi Skinner, First West is one of Canada’s largest credit unions with nearly $18.6 billion in total assets and assets under administration, more than 253,000 members and approximately 1,250 team members. It operates 45 branches throughout the province under the Envision Financial, Valley First, Island Savings and Enderby & District Financial brands. Visit for more information on First West Credit Union.

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