Gratitude

A Sincere Thank You

Dear Neighbour,

Since 1983 the non-profit work of the Comox Valley Food Bank has been sustained by a growing community of support comprised of individuals, groups, schools, clubs, businesses, farms and government agencies for donations of food, cash funds, and volunteer time to operate our program. We are also grateful for the volunteer efforts of our supporters who organize over 160 annual food drives and fundraising events annually to collect food and cash donations, and to extend of visibility in the community.

We are equally proud of our dedicated team of 20-25 core volunteers who bring a broad range of experience to assist in the delivery of our onsite operations and services. Our team of Food Bank volunteers donated 9,805 hours towards the preparation and distribution of 11,015 food hampers that reached an average of 800 households per month in local community over the course of the year.

The use of our program by Comox Valley families continues to increase annually. One third of those we help are children. Expanding our community of supporters and donors is an ongoing process that is integral in meeting our program goals, addressing the ongoing challenge of increasing food costs, and in addressing the immediate basic need for food in our community.

 

It is a priority to secure donations of core hamper items whenever possible. Cash donations are greatly appreciated as this makes it possible for us to obtain the best price point and purchase bulk and case lots of items for our food hampers. We continue to strive to provide larger quantities of items in our food hampers, better quality food, fresh produce and healthy children’s snacks. This year we will focus on expanding our education outreach initiatives for an early spring promotion of our Community Grow-A-Row project. Founded in 2009, this program was a means of encouraging farms, businesses, organizations, community groups, and households to grow/and or donate fresh produce and excess seasonal harvest, so that we could provide fresh produce in our hampers as this goal would be cost prohibitive without community food donations.

We gladly accept donations from the public of excess fruit from their trees. Our clients love the freshness and variety.

Your contribution is invaluable in creating awareness and providing encouragment to others so that our community of support can be sustained and expanded to meet the basic needs of people in the Comox Valley for food.

With Gratitude,

Board of Directors
Comox Valley Food Bank Society 

We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.

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