Cast-A-Light
by Trevor Rockliffe - Story: 84426
Dec 12, 2012 / 5:00 am

Two years after the recession working people continue to struggle to pay the rent and put healthy food on the table. Food Banks Canada reports that the “need has broadened in the past four years to include those who might least expect to use a food bank.”

From working people and two-parent families to home and business owners, your neighbour could be using the food bank and you’d never know it.

Over 600 new clients register at the Kelowna Food bank per year, 40% are children.

One of them is Deanna. She arrived in Kelowna looking for a better future for her and her son Liam who is nearly five years old. 

Deanna earned her office administration certificate and has several years of experience as a receptionist and administration assistant. “Times were tough in Prince George,” says Deanna, “so we used what little savings we had and moved.”

With office jobs in short supply, Deanna found part-time work as a barista at a coffee shop, earning minimum wage and no benefits.

After paying for childcare, rent, utilities and her monthly bus pass she has very little money left for food.

A co-worker suggested she call the Kelowna Food Bank.  Deanna receives a monthly family food hamper and Liam gets his own Kids Snack Pack to take to pre-school.  “The meat, dairy, eggs and produce help balance our diet,” she says.  “Liam really likes the fruit snacks.”

Deanna is glad to be working, but feels that most people don’t realize how difficult it is to raise a child in Kelowna on minimum wage. 

“I have always been a hard worker and provided for myself,” she says.  “I plan to go back to school for more training.  One day I want to manage an office, but right now I just need to care for Liam.”

Deanna and Liam need your help right now.  Your donation means a better future for them both.



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  • Shaundra Ihas $1000.00
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  • J Kirby and Co $500.00
  • Halyna Petryshyn $500.00
  • Okanagan Periodontal Study Club $500.00
  • William Farley $500.00
  • Timothy G Scott $500.00
  • Terrance Brown $500.00
  • Ecoscape Environmental Consultants LTD $450.00
  • Alan Bruce $300.00
  • Brian Milligen $300.00
  • Don McLeod $300.00
  • Fred Schaad $300.00
  • Mona Steinberg $250.00
  • James Berwick $250.00
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  • Tia-Maria Soroskie $200.00
  • Danny Chow $200.00
  • Shane Briggs $200.00
  • Jean Bradford $200.00
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  • Lee Gibson $200.00
  • Jesse Wall $200.00
  • Roger Hume $200.00
  • Catherine Sawyer $200.00
  • Brant Ducey $200.00
  • Claire Mountford $200.00
  • Tammy Rittich $200.00
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  • Paul Mick $150.00
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  • Kent Martin $150.00
  • Leena Phillips $150.00
  • Francois Cloutier $105.00
  • Robyn Springer $100.00
  • Ray H. Hunt $100.00
  • Debbie Wickland $100.00
  • Patty Davidson $100.00
  • Rob Moffat $100.00
  • Shelley Martins $100.00
  • Susan Seabrook $100.00
  • Susan Kaiser $100.00
  • Jim Van Dam $100.00
  • Carl Wong $100.00
  • Barbara Scott $100.00
  • Erica White $100.00
  • Ryan Le Roux $100.00
  • Geoffrey McLaren $100.00
  • Henry Mainemer $100.00
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  • Paul Winger $100.00
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  • Adrian Rizzo $100.00
  • Terry Hogan $100.00
  • Marlise Leibel $100.00
  • Ena Galloway $100.00
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  • Margaret Reeves $50.00
  • Jen Cowling $50.00
  • Judy Ronacher $50.00
  • Shalin McCormick $50.00
  • Lindsey Dobbin $50.00
  • Sharon Hyatt $50.00
  • Benjamin Hechter $50.00
  • Gary Conne $50.00
  • Brittany Myrhaug $50.00
  • Janet Ryder $50.00
  • Dana Kruiper $50.00
  • Jeff Sill $50.00
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  • Lorraine Kearney $50.00
  • Gail Prichard $50.00
  • Gerrie-Anne Corry $50.00
  • Darren J Birch $50.00
  • Ian G Graham $45.00
  • Connie Heimbecker $40.00
  • Richard Couture $30.00
  • Diane Bold $30.00
  • Amber Coyle $25.00
  • Doug Mehus $25.00
  • Rachel Fischer $25.00
  • Genevieve Hawtree $25.00
  • Kirsten Harrison $25.00
  • Griffen Seed $25.00
  • Robert Vangolen $20.00
  • Thomas Schauer $20.00
  • John Zeger $20.00
  • Michael Proctor $20.00
  • Nina Smith $15.00
  • Shelley Stoochnow $10.00

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About Cast-A-Light

Castanet.net has partnered with the Kelowna Community Food Bank to raise much needed funds, food, and toys for children and families in our community.

Our goal this year is to raise $50,000 with all funds going to programs at the Kelowna Community Food Bank.

Your donation to the sixth annual Cast-A-Light Campaign will provide a brighter future for those less fortunate in our community.
The Kelowna Community Food Bank will acknowledge all gifts to the Cast-A-Light Campaign. Tax receipts are mailed for donations in the amount of $10 or more with addresses provided.

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About the Food Bank

The Kelowna Community Food Bank is a self-supporting non-profit organization, raising food and funds through donations, special events, community food drives and local and national sponsors. The Food Bank is operated by a volunteer board of directors, ten full and part-time staff and more than 100 volunteers who provide essential services including food collection, distribution and sorting; hamper preparation; client assistance and referrals; special event planning and fundraising.

Our volunteers contribute over 20,000 hours annually, the equivalent of 15 full-time staff. We could not do what we do without our volunteer family.

The Kelowna Community Food Bank was established in 1983 to provide short-term support to Kelowna families and individuals in need of temporary assistance. Since then our mission has grown to help alleviate chronic hunger and poverty in the Central Okanagan by providing our clients with a 5 to 7 day supply of healthy food on a monthly basis.

We serve more than 2,500 individuals per month, 38% are children, distributing over $2 million in food per year.

The Kelowna Food Bank was the 2012 recipient of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence -Community Impact Award.

We are members of Food Banks BC, Food Banks Canada and the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce.

1265 Ellis Street
Kelowna, BC V1Y 1Z7

Phone: 250-763-7161
Fax: 250-763-9116
Email: [email protected]
http://www.kelownafoodbank.com/



Family profiles on this page have been provided by the Kelowna Community Food Bank.



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