Enderby Food Bank keeps doors open

The Food Action Committee for Today’s Tomorrow and Enderby Food Bank volunteers will merge.

Community spirit means critical services will continue to feed the hungry in Enderby.

After a meeting Tuesday, it was decided the Food Action Committee for Today’s Tomorrow and Enderby Food Bank volunteers would merge.

“We’re all under the same roof and we will be giving out hampers every 30 days,” said Raquel Knust, a city councillor and FACTT member.

The new name will be the Feed Enderby and District  Food Bank, and it also includes the Enderby Evangelical Church, which distributed hampers.

The future of the food bank was in doubt after the Vernon-based Salvation Army withdrew administrative support after 20 years.

As a result, FACTT and other groups decided to fill the gap.

“We recognize the need,” said Knust.

FACTT has operated the Harvest Sharing Hut, which provided fruit and vegetables to residents.

FED will initially operate under the Enderby and District Community Resource Centre but the plan is to pursue society status in the new year so tax receipts can be issued for monetary donations.

As part of establishing the new group, advice has been sought from food banks in Armstrong and Sicamous.

“The Salvation Army also wants to help move us forward,” said Knust.

But to be completely successful, support from Enderby residents is necessary.

“We need more donations to provide the service,” said Knust.

About 20 to 40 hampers are distributed to residents every month.

Money and non-perishable food items can be left at the resource centre in St. Andrew’s United Church.

For those needing a hamper, they can call 250-838-7351 for an appointment.

Knust isn’t surprised that the community has rallied to ensure the food bank stays open.

“This is a compassionate city. This is what Enderby does,” she said.

 

Just Posted

North Okanagan explores compost options

Organic waste from ICI amounts to about 60 per cent of all organics waste seen in the landfill

Civic Sounds line-up unveiled

Free, outdoor concert series continues at Civic Plaza this summer

Multiple black bear sightings in residential area near Armstrong elementary

Pictures of the bear have been posted on the Armstrong Community Forum frequently

Vernon RCMP Appreciation Day campaign going national

Committee has such great support in B.C. they’ve decided to take it across Canada

UPDATE: Victim identified in fatal Vernon crash

Family thanks emergency crews for assistance in traumatic incident

Kelowna toddler suffers cracked skull after fall from balcony

Neighbour who found the two-year-old boy said he has a bump the size of a golf ball on his head

Black bear spotted near Salmon Arm elementary school

The bear was sighted at around 4 p.m. after school was out

RCMP probe if teen was intentionally hit with ski pole by mystery skier on B.C. mountain

The incident happened on March 20 on Grouse Mountain. Police are urging witnesses to come forward

Pipeline protester chimes in on Justin Trudeau’s B.C. fundraising speech

The government purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion

Baby boom seniors putting pressure on B.C. long-term care: report

B.C. leads Canada in growth of dementia, dependence on care

UPDATED: B.C. man says he’ll take People’s Party lawsuit as far as he can

Federal judge shut down Satinder Dhillon’s ‘nonsensical’ motion to bar use of PPC name in byelection

Canada stripping citizenship from Chinese man over alleged marriage fraud

The move comes amid severely strained relations between Ottawa and Beijing

Nevada court orders former Vancouver man to pay back $21.7M to investors

The commission says Michael Lathigee committed fraud over a decade ago

Most Read