The Peachland Food Bank has always been a lifeline for the community over the pandemic; not only for families who need a little extra help but, also for people who are immune-compromised and the seniors.
“We have more needs because more people are shut in and not able to shop themselves, they come here and we are like a little grocery store for them and it’s working well,” said Judy Bedford, Peachland Food Bank president.
“We have a lot more couples and families (the pandemic has) taken its toll on. The numbers are going up like crazy, definitely more than double.”
The small food bank now prepares 100 food packages a month and is preparing 150 holiday hampers to help put nutritious meals on the tables of those in need. And the growing demand has been matched by community support.
“The donations and the people have been awesome in their giving,” said Bedford. “Even though the churches and the clubs haven’t been running they have been working behind the scenes and giving very well.”
Bedford says what they need now is monetary donations, non-perishable food donations, toiletry donations and gift cards. Monetary donations can be made with our calendar campaign.
You can donate in the following ways:
- Online: Through Food Banks BC to be redirected to make a donation to the food bank in your area.
- By phone: Call our front desk at 250-762-4535 or 1-888-762-4535 to pay by credit card
- By mail: Send a cheque made to the Food Bank of your choice to Global Okanagan 342 Leon Ave., Kelowna, BC V1Y 6J2
- In person: At the Global Okanagan Office, 342 Leon Ave Kelowna BC. We accept cash, cheque, credit or debit
When you donate online, by phone or by mail, we will mail your calendar(s) to you. Expect that they will take 10 days to 2 weeks to arrive.
Please make a donation to the food bank of your choice in the Okanagan.
Only donations of $30 and greater are eligible for a tax receipt which will come from the foodbank.
Donations will be accepted until Dec.31, 2020.
The Central Okanagan Food Bank reports a record number of people applying for Christmas hampers this year due to the COVID crisis
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Published at Sat, 19 Dec 2020 02:09:58 +0000