The Armstrong Interior Provincial Exhibition is proud to partner with a Charity of Choice each year.
One of the considerations each year is the Charity of Choice must have a presence or chapter within the local area of the North Okanagan.
This year, the IPE has announced the Charity of Choice for the 120th IPE is the Good Food Box, non-profit society working with local social agencies to provide to those in need through a sustainable model. Having been helping residents of the North Okanagan access affordable, healthy food for over 18 years, Donna Antonishak, president of the Good Food Box North Okanagan, said she is “thrilled to be the charity of choice for the IPE’s 120th year.”
The Good Food Box promotes healthy eating by providing inexpensive fresh fruit and vegetables.
Whenever possible, it is bought from local farmers and is distributed to a convenient location monthly. The value has been estimated as being close to double the value at a regular supermarket.
The Good Food Box has approximately 60 volunteers serving a large area of the North Okanagan; Vernon, Lumby, Westside, Cherryville, Armstrong and Falkland. They serve and assist essentially two broad groups of people: those who find it difficult to access affordable, fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as community supporters who appreciate lower cost fruits and vegetables and help them keep their buying pool big enough that they can keep their purchasing costs low. Many families rely on the Good Food Box to stretch their grocery dollars to the end of the month.
They currently distribute 300-500 boxes per month to local households. That translates to about 800-1500 people, depending on household and family configurations.
Come out to the IPE this year and support the Good Food Box by purchasing a 50/50 ticket at the rodeo on Sunday night or coming to the 4 H Auction on Friday at 5 p.m. and bid on a sheep or lamb and donate it back to the Good Food Box.
The Armstrong IPE is the largest agricultural fair in B.C. and is celebrating the Light Horse division this year.
Horsin’ Around at the IPE is set to take place August 28 – Sept. 1, 2019.
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