Empty shelves, empty stomachs
Kelowna BC, inventory is at a critical low at the Food Bank putting many families at greater risk of hunger this fall.
“Unfortunately food donations have not kept pace with rising demand,” says Rob Weller, Food Bank Operations Manager. “We are either completely out of or critically low on seven normal hamper items. We are substituting staples with other items, but substitutes are not always as nutritious or healthy.”
The Food Bank needs dry soup, canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned soup, pasta, side dishes, toilet paper and Boost meal replacement.
Weller is looking forward to the second annual BC Thanksgiving Day Food Drive on Saturday September 15th. “We need the community to help us fill our empty shelves.”
Weller says that food drive organizers have been delivering donation bags to residents this week. Those who receive a bag and wish to donate should fill it with non-perishable food items and leave it on their front step before 9:30 am on Saturday, September 15th. The bags will be picked up that day and delivered to the Kelowna Food Bank.
Pictured: Rob Weller stands in front of some of the Food Bank’s empty shelves
The Food Bank is open for food donations Monday to Friday 8am -4pm. They are located at 1265 Ellis Street. Monetary donations can also be made securely online at www.KelownaFoodBank.com or by calling 250-763-7161.
About the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive:
Established in 2009 as a local effort to serve those in need of food bank services in Burnaby, B.C., the BCTFD has now expanded to include dozens of partner organizations and food banks serving some 50 communities throughout the province. Its fundamental purpose is to raise material and financial support for local food banks. For more information, visit bctfooddrive.org.
|August Statistics - Year over Year Comparison|
|Total number of food hampers||1145||1021||1091|
|Total number of individuals served||2344||2119||2215|
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