Region food banks compete for cash

The Vernon and Enderby food banks participate in the Kraft Food for Families contest

Two North Okaagan food banks are seeking community support.

The Vernon and Enderby food banks will be competing against 20 other food banks in B.C. for up to $25,000 in the Kraft Food for Families contest.

“There is $20,000 available at 50 cents per online vote (40,000 votes total), plus a $5,000 bonus to the food bank with the most votes at the end of the contest,” said Shawna Klassen-Roth, with the Salvation Army, which runs the Vernon and Enderby agencies.

“Voters can vote once per day, every day. The wonderful aspect to this challenge is that anyone can do it for free, and every single vote equals a contribution to the food bank.”

The contest can be found at

Food Banks Canada and Kraft have scheduled the contest to run from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, but Klassen-Roth says immediate support will be crucial as other food banks are also rallying their supporters.

“It is my assumption that we have between three and five days to secure the votes and bonus funds,” she said.

To increase awareness, social media is being used.

There is Facebook ( and Twitter (@VernonSalArmy).

“The community has been so gracious in its support of the Salvation Army, and we are excited about the prospect of working together again,” said Klassen-Roth.