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Food bank broken into in Cherryville

‘I know they must be desperate and I want to help,’ society spokesperson says
The Cherryville Community Food Bank Society announced it had been broken into sometime over Monday night or Tuesday morning Nov. 3, 2020. (Peter Wendt photo)

A food bank in Cherryville was broken into sometime Monday night or Tuesday morning.

“I know they must be desperate and I want to help,” said a spokesperson of the Cherryville Community Food Bank Society in a social media post. “We have food to give.”

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP were notified of the break and enter into the business on North Fork Road Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Police said an employee was checking an alarm at 4 a.m. Tuesday morning when they discovered the break-in and called police.

An officer responded and confirmed someone had forced their way into the building and stolen a number of items, Const. Chris Terleski said.

COVID-19 restrictions in place at the organization allow for one family to visit at a time and appointments are necessary.

“We give enough food for more than a week,” the post reads. “If you are destitute, we give food that can be heated over a fire. If you have no phone, stop by while we are there. We will accommodate you and give you food.”

Police said no suspects have been identified and the investigation is ongoing.

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