Grants, food help feed the valley

Feed the Valley has taken another bite out of hunger with its latest round of quarterly grants to local food banks.

Feed the Valley has taken another bite out of hunger with its latest round of quarterly grants to local food banks.

So far this year, Feed the Valley has given $27,998 and collected 1,862 pounds of food for hungry families in the Okanagan, Similkameen and Thompson regions.

“Through the generosity of First West Credit Union employees and Valley First community partners, we have been able to make a significant contribution this year,” said Susan Byrom, senior manager of community investment at First West Credit Union.

“But there is still so much more to do given that roughly 97,000 people in our province access food banks each month and one-third of those are children,” she says.

Feed the Valley, which encourages community members to donate non-perishable food items or make cash donations to their local food bank, was developed as a community investment program by First West Credit Union’s Valley First division.

Since 2010, Feed the Valley has provided food banks across the Southern Interior with more than $943,083 in donations and in excess of 64,489 pounds of food.