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.