While shopping for imported food items has gotten easier over the last few years, it is still rather limited and expatriates often cannot find items they would like to buy. The Foreign Buyer's Club makes getting many of these hard-to-find items as simply as filling out a form of what you want and sending in the money.
Every year, FBC helps international schools by designating an order week twice a year and giving a 5% rebate to the school for all orders during that week that indicate they are to be applied to that particular school. In other words, in order to benefit Tsukuba International School, all you have to do is write Tsukuba International School on the form. This fall's order week is from the 10th to the 16th of September, and so all orders placed that week that indicate TIS on them will be added up and 5% of that total will be sent to the school as a donation.
As an extra bonus, this year FBC is offering free shipping for all orders place during this school benefit order week that designate Tsukuba International School on the form. This even includes orders from the "Corner Store" for all deli items, including frozen foods! General Store orders must be sent in by mid-night Friday, the 14th, but the Corner Store orders can get in as late as 2 pm on Saturday. Thus, you can order anything in their catalogs and have them delivered to your doorstep with no shipping costs, but that applies only to orders done during this week.
Beginning this year, FBC is making it even easier to benefit the school by adding a bonus of 2% for orders anytime outside of those 2 special order periods. Again, it doesn't cost anything extra and by simply adding on the words "Tsukuba International School", the school gets some extra (and badly needed) funds.
Catalogs are available at the school or at the Tsukuba Christian Center. If you only want a few items and want to share on the (already cheap) transportation costs and don't mind coming to the Christian Center to pick your items, you can join in on the group order that goes in Sept.14. Just call Tim at 55-1907.
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The International Women's Network (IWN) is a group of women who enjoy chatting with people from all over the world. We hold a monthly potluck dinner where we exchange information about the local community while eating a variety of foods. No reservation is needed to attend the potluck. Just bring one dish of food and show up at the meeting. Newcomers are always welcome! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to enjoy the international city of Tsukuba with us!
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