Program Goals: To meet the immediate and emergency food needs of people in our Community while working towards long term solutions to hunger and poverty.
Client Eligibility: New clients requesting food bank assistance are asked to complete an application and provide the following information:
• Proof of residency – rent receipts, hydro or cable bill
• Proof of family and dependents – Recipient must provide BC Health Care Cards for each person in the household
• Proof of income – recent salary or EI stub or slip, print out from your bank
• Identification – picture ID, for each adult, such as a driver’s license, BC Identification, passport or status card
• Proof of current address – rent receipts, utility bills, etc.
The Food Bank program provides:
• Weekly distribution of food
• Kids Snack Program
• Christmas Hampers during the month of December
• Personal hygiene items and vitamins
• Referrals to other services as required
• Nutrition and skill building workshops
• When available: donated clothing, household items, furniture, blankets and bus tickets
• Annual on-site diabetes testing and flu shots
• Community Volunteer Tax Program
The Food Bank is open every Friday between 8:30 am and 11:00 am and is located downstairs at the Legion, 600 First Street West (entrance from Garden Avenue)
Distribution Dates 2017 – Monthly Hampers
8:30 am – 11:00 pm
December – Christmas Hampers all month
Currently we have fifteen to twenty dedicated people who spend more than 400 hours each month sorting and repackaging food, preparing food hampers, assisting with distribution and helping at special events. We could not do what we do at the Food Bank without our amazing volunteers; many whom have given freely of their time for more than sixteen years. Their commitment is immeasurable and invaluable!
For more information, to donate or volunteer, contact Program Director, Patti Larson:
• Phone: 250-837-2920 ext. 28
• Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
• In Person: At the Food Bank during the times listed above, or during regular office hours at Community Connections office located at 314 Second Street East.
The food bank gratefully accepts all donations.
As a single disabled mother of a child in elementary school, it has always been difficult to manage the small amount of food money we have left after paying rent and bills. With the cost of living in today’s world we live far under the poverty level of even the average norm of what poverty is for a single family in BC. About half actually! Every month is a huge financial struggle for us just to meet our basic needs.
The Food Bank’s subsidy of healthy food provides us staples for the month when receiving our stocked hamper. We also receive health conscious lunch snacks, veggies, fruits, milk, bread and canned items on a weekly basis. Without this generosity from the community my child and I would be severely malnourished and hungry daily.
Daily life is a personal struggle, trying to balance a lack of funds in an expensive world. The Food Bank program and its workers and volunteers step up past the “plate” when it comes to helping families move forward to a more positive future. Food in the bellies of children and the hungry … is definitely food for thought.”
Community Connections Food Bank is a member of Food Banks BC, Food Banks Canada and Good Food Organizations
Kids Snack Program
At the Food Bank, we believe the best way to ensure proper nutrition for our children’s health, development and growth is through the direct delivery of service. Simply put, we try to provide healthy, nourishing food for them to eat. The Kids Snack Program significantly increases the nutritional value, quantity and variety of food that we are able to provide to children living in poverty.
Families are provided with a bag of nutritious snacks to last for five school days, including 100% fruit juice, healthy granola bars, natural fruit leather bars, unsweetened applesauce cups and yogurt tubes. This was based on the “choose most and/or choose sometimes” according to School District guidelines and in consultation with Interior Health. We also endeavour to provide vitamins throughout the year to children during the peak cold and flu seasons.