The biggest grocery chain in Atlantic Canada has confirmed some of its stores in the Halifax area may not be taking fundraising requests from charitable groups and sport teams in the new year.
In an email, a Sobeys spokeswoman said there has been no change in the Stellarton-based chain’s support for community groups — but the large number of requests in the urban area of the Halifax Regional Municipality has triggered a review by management.
The response from the grocery chain follows concern from the Canadian Council of the Blind that says 90 per cent of money raised is through selling raffle tickets at Sobeys stores.
The Canadian Council for the Blind said its worried Sobeys' position on charities will hurt its fundraising efforts.
Shauna Selig, a spokeswoman for Sobeys, said the company's stores are looking at co-ordinating the scheduling of charitable groups. The company said it does not want customers “overwhelmed by requests.”
“The nature and number of requests is different in every community, but requests of HRM stores are particularly frequent," Selig said in an email.
"The management group is looking at how they can better co-ordinate scheduling next year."
The store is also reviewing the level of liability insurance groups must have.
“Some stores are not scheduling any groups in the new year until that process is set and the question on liability insurance is answered,” said Selig.
A policy is expected to be finalized in the next few weeks.