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Christmas spirit expands when need increases

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010 | 8:45 am

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Difficult times bring out the best in our community.  Every year, the Kelowna Community Food Bank’s annual Christmas campaign provides low-income individuals and families with Christmas hampers and gifts during the holidays.  This season the Kelowna Food Bank distributed 757 hampers, serving 1,484 individuals – 534 of them were children and 94 were seniors.  This is a 34 per cent increase from last year.

To meet increasing demand the Kelowna Food Bank set a goal of 500,000 pounds in food and $400,000 in cash donations for winter.  “Thankfully, the spirit of giving is alive in the Central Okanagan,” says Lavers. Hundreds of businesses, schools, individuals, and groups gave generously this season. “We were able to raise $578,000 in food and $344,000 in cash.  Donations came in from everywhere, in every size, and in every form; whether through food or cash donations, providing toys and gifts for the Christmas store, or through volunteering with us at this busy time of year.”

According to Lavers, “The Kelowna Food Bank continues to be challenged with meeting the needs of the community – today the Kelowna Food Bank distributed 129 hampers, serving 197 adults and 117 children.  This is a record high in 27 years and it is only the beginning of the year.”

“On behalf of the staff, volunteers, and food recipients I would like to extend our most heartfelt appreciation to the Central Okanagan” says Lavers.  “Without community-wide support, we would not be able to help so many throughout the year.”

The Kelowna Food Bank, located at 1265 Ellis Street is open for donations Monday to Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.  For more information, please visit

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