Lake Country food bank top success story

Project used to profile the Aviva Canada Insurance Company's community fund

The Aviva Canada Insurance Company has chosen the campaign to build a permanent home for the Lake Country Food Bank as the success story to launch its 2015 Community Fund contest.

On Friday, Sept. 11, Aviva Canada executives and a video crew will be on site to create a video showing how the community fund can stimulate projects that benefit a whole community.

All residents of Lake Country are invited to attend starting at noon, and going until 1 p.m. The Lake Country Rotary Club will provide free hot dogs and drinks.

The Food Bank project won the $100,000 grand prize in 2014 in the Aviva Canada Community Fund competition, thanks to a community-wide drive for on-line voting.

Since then, Aviva Canada’s donation of $100,000 enabled the Rotary Club to commence construction.

Students in the trades training program at Okanagan College (Vernon) provided 6,000 hours of free labour to erect the walls and roof. Since then, doors and windows have been installed and sub-trades are ready to begin electrical, plumbing and mechanical connections.

With the help and support of local individuals and business, the building should be ready for food bank volunteers to move supplies and services in by November, before the Christmas rush.

The food bank normally serves about 600 needy families every month. Over Christmas that number can rise to more than 1,000. This year, for the first time, applicants for assistance will not have to stand outside in the cold waiting for their turn to be helped.

Until now, the food bank’s 60 volunteers have had to work out of two small rooms in the basement of the former Winfield Elementary School.

The new permanent home for the food bank is next door to the Seniors’ Centre on Bottom Wood Lake Road, across from the curling and hockey rinks.