SilverStar and Community Foundation of the North Okanagan help feed families hit hard by pandemic

Star helps 'Fill the Gap'

SilverStar Mountain Resort and the Community Foundation of the North Okanagan are 'Filling the Gap' for families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The partnership has raised more than $5,000 to help feed local families who have been hardest hit.

At the beginning of February, SilverStar and the foundation started the Filling the Gap initiative, which allows families, seniors and individuals to have access to groceries and produce when times are tough.

"To date, we have raised about $5,000 for local families, but our goal is to get to $7,500 by Feb. 28," said SilverStar spokesperson Chantelle Deacon. "Right here in our community, many people have been struggling financially since the pandemic hit. Working with the CFNO, we wanted to find a way to support those who need help."

SilverStar's Play It Forward Fund will match all donations made to the cause, up to $7,500. The Foord Family Foundation in Vernon announced it will also match all donations.

"That means that every dollar donated will be tripled – that's a lot of funds helping those struggling right here in our community," said Deacon.

The funds will provide locally made Good Food Boxes to those helped by the program.

A $25 donation feeds a family of three and $15 feeds an individual or senior.

Donations can be made until Feb. 28.

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