The North Okanagan is among the regions in the province where a new project is being launched by a familiar non-profit organization to address food insecurity in the province.
And volunteers for the program are being sought.
United Way British Columbia is excited to announce the launching of an innovative mobile app designed to tackle food insecurity in the province.
Food Link connects the specific needs of non-profit partners and their clients to the healthy, nutritious and culturally appropriate food they need by linking them to local, regional, and small-scale food organizations and suppliers. Food Link then allows United Way B.C. to organize volunteers who efficiently and cost-effectively transport food between locations.
With the rising cost of goods due to inflation, more British Columbians are experiencing food insecurity, which is defined by the Government of Canada as the “inability to acquire or consume an adequate diet quality or sufficient quantity of food in socially acceptable ways, or the uncertainty that one will be able to do so.”
In British Columbia today, 15 per cent of people are considered food insecure, which means that more than 726,000 people struggle to put enough quality food on the table.
“The issue is not that there is not enough food to distribute to community members in need, but rather it is an issue of access, both in terms of cost and people’s ability to get to the food they need,” said Kim Winchell, provincial director, community impact and investment, United Way B.C.
In order to support Food Link’s commitment to providing food to those in need, residents of the North Okanagan who are interested in volunteering as food delivery drivers can visit United Way B.C.’s iVolunteer online portal to apply: https://www.ivolunteer.ca/foodlink (volunteers must have access to a safe and reliable vehicle, and a valid B.C. driver’s licence).
The North Okanagan is among the three locations in the province that Food Link goes live today, Monday, March 6 (the other two are Surrey and Upper Fraser Valley).
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