Although the Lakes District Food Bank needs $54,000 a year, it has received $19,793 since April 1. (Lakes District News file photo)

Lakes District Food Bank needs donations

“If we don’t receive enough donations, we will have to cut back”

The Lakes District Food Bank is still far from reaching its donation goals before the end of the year.

Although the goal for the Holiday Spirit Funding Drive is $32,000, as of Friday the food bank had received $10,800.

READ MORE: Holiday campaigns in full swing in Burns Lake

Looking at the annual donation needs, although $54,000 is needed every year, the food bank has received $19,793 since April 1.

“If we don’t receive enough donations to continue the existing services, we will have to cut back, and this will leave people with very little access to food security,” explained food bank coordinator Candice Little.

According to Little, the food bank’s recent achievements may have given the community the perception that the organization doing “too well.”

“The food bank is doing well from a programming perspective through the generous contributions from the Village of Burns Lake, Food Banks Canada and Food Banks BC,” she said. “However, we need to be clear that these grants and contributions to our program doesn’t mean that we don’t need the support of our community in the same way we have in past years.”

The Village of Burns Lake has recently donated a building to the food bank while Food Banks Canada and Food Banks BC have contributed with grants. These grants have allowed the food bank to improve its refrigeration, increasing the storage capacity for perishable food items.

“Although these opportunities have greatly improved our programs and the service we are able to provide, it doesn’t provide the food items that we need to feed hungry families, nor the money to buy this food,” said Little. “These donations literally provide the meat and potatoes of our program.”

Every year the food bank receives a gaming grant that covers approximately 58 per cent of their annual funding. This means that the organization depends on community donations for the remaining 42 per cent.

“While we focus on a funding drive during this holiday season, our programs run throughout the year,” added Little. “Ongoing, regular donations would ensure that we have the money to buy the groceries needed to provide food security to those in need.”

The easiest way to donate to the food bank is through e-transfer to clittle.ldfes@gmail.com. Otherwise, cheques can be mailed to Box 777, Burns Lake, B.C., or dropped off at the Lakes District Family Enhancement Society office in room 118 in the College of New Caledonia building.


 

@flavio_nienow
newsroom@ldnews.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Lakes District Food Bank

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Voters in Saanich North and the Islands, here lining up outside Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre on the first day of advanced voting, are among the provincial leaders in getting in their votes early. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
It’s Election Day in B.C.: Here’s what you need to know to vote

B.C.’s snap election has already broken records for advance voter turnout, mail-in ballots

The track washrooms will be opened up again next year in May. (Priyanka Ketkar photo/Lakes District News)
Toilets, sinks torn off, graffiti on walls at the Burns Lake track washroom

“Seems to happen once or twice a year” says the Village CAO on the vandalized track washroom

FILE - Nathan Cullen speaks to media in Smithers, B.C., Friday, February 28, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Horgan, Cullen apologize for Stikine candidate’s comments about Haida candidate

Nathan Cullen had made insensitive comments about Roy Jones Jr. Cheexial

The pile burning will occur to the south of François Lake. (Submitted/Lakes District News)
Pile burning and rehab work on three areas south of François Lake

Smoke might be visible for Burns Lake and neighboring areas

Participants earlier this year in March for Lakes Loppet at the ski club. (Lakes District News file photo)
How is Omineca Ski Club prepping for this ski season?

Covid restrictions, social distancing but ski season to continue

B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry gives a daily briefing on COVID-19 cases at an almost empty B.C. Legislature press theatre in Victoria, B.C., on March 25, 2020. (Don Craig/B.C. government)
B.C. sees 223 new COVID-19 cases, now 2,009 active

Two new care home outbreaks in Surrey, Burnaby

100 Mile Conservation officer Joel Kline gingerly holds an injured but very much alive bald eagle after extracting him from a motorist’s minivan. (Photo submitted)
B.C. driver thought he retrieved a dead bald eagle – until it came to life in his backseat

The driver believed the bird to be dead and not unconscious as it turned out to be

Chastity Davis-Alphonse took the time to vote on Oct. 21. B.C’s general Election Day is Saturday, Oct. 24. (Chastity Davis-Alphonse Facebook photo)
B.C. reconciliation advocate encourages Indigenous women to vote in provincial election

Through the power of voice and education Chastity Davis-Alphonse is hopeful for change

White Rock RCMP Staff Sgt. Kale Pauls has released a report on mental health and policing in the city. (File photos)
White Rock’s top cop wants to bill local health authority for lengthy mental-health calls

‘Suggestion’ included in nine-page review calling for ‘robust’ support for healthcare-led response

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

A Le Chateau retail store is shown in Montreal on Wednesday July 13, 2016. Le Chateau Inc. says it is seeking court protection from creditors under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act to allow it to liquidate its assets and wind down its operations.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Clothing retailer Le Chateau plans to close its doors, files for CCAA protection

Le Chateau said it intends to remain fully operational as it liquidates its 123 stores

RCMP stock photo (Black Press)
Charges laid against Prince George man, 39, in drug trafficking probe

Tyler Aaron Gelowitz is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 18

Green party Leader Sonia Furstenau arrives to announce her party’s election platform in New Westminster, B.C., on October 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. Green party says it’s raised nearly $835,000 in 38 days

NDP Leader John Horgan is holding his final virtual campaign event

Most Read