Breaking bread, making friends and connecting community.
These represent the three key goals of the Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s Breaking Bread program, an initiative that has served more than 300 seniors in Lumby since 2011.
Recognizing the significance of dining together, the Breaking Bread program encourages seniors to socialize with each other while enjoying nutritious food.
In recognition of the important work that the Whitevalley Community Resource Centre does for the community of Lumby, Valley First Credit Union provided the organization with a $4,650 community endowment grant for a third consecutive year. Notably, in 2013, the program supported more than 150 community members.
“The experience of eating together builds peer connections, increases social supports, and provides opportunities for people to learn from each other and practise healthy behaviours and interactions,” says Gay Jewitt, executive director of Whitevalley Community Resource Centre.
“Breaking Bread projects help to bring together individuals who might not otherwise have connected, and encourages participants to keep active and take part in new activities.”
Said Seline Kutan, executive director of the First West Foundation which administers the endowment:
“We’re thrilled to be able to support the Breaking Bread project again this year. Organizations like Whitevalley are inspiring examples of how we can make life better for individuals in our communities, and our foundation is very proud to be able to continue to do our part in improving the quality of life of thousands of British Columbians.”
The Breaking Bread program encompasses five project components designed to encourage healthy eating and community connections among seniors, one of the most vulnerable community groups.
The senior breakfast project offers food security and socialization two days a week, and the senior wellness project encourages participants to live well through wellness workshops.
The men’s cooking class provides hands-on healthy eating education in a fun and community environment, and the seniors intergenerational program supports interaction between seniors and children, providing positive benefits to both groups of people.
Finally, the weekly walking group encourages exercise and good health in a group environment. Each year, the program continues to grow, promoting togetherness in the Lumby community.