A new approach to helping those in need hit the ground running in Enderby.
Feed Enderby and District Food Bank, which takes over from the Salvation Army, held its inaugural food bank Friday and about 100 people were assisted.
“It went really well,” said Scott Hemenway, Feed Enderby chairperson.
“People were able to get as much as they have in the past.”
However, there were some operational issues behind the scenes as this was the first food bank. Another challenge was some people showing up without appointments.
Food banks will be held every other month at this point.
“We have to look at the donations and money coming in and will evaluate the process in February,” said Hemenway, adding that financial stability is essential for the organization.
“We have to see what the numbers are so we can possibly go to every month.”
Community support has been strong to date.
“We have received $4,000 in financial donations and that’s without a big push out there,” said Hemenway.
FED is being operated under the umbrella of the Food Action Committee for Today and Tomorrow, which currently runs as part of the Enderby and District Community Resource Centre.
But FED is in the process of registering with Food Banks B.C. and FACT will apply to be a charitable society in the new year.
A contact number for the food bank is being established and applications for Christmas food hampers are available at the post office and Twice but Nice.