The Lake Country Food Bank is in the running for a $100,000 donation from the Aviva Community Fund.
The Lake Country Food Bank provides food assistance to low income families and children in the community of Lake Country. It serves approximately 600 people per month, 30 per cent of which are children.
According to the food bank's Facebook page, they are currently in 28th place with 915 votes. They need public support to move up in the ranks.
The Food Bank is currently located in a small section at the back of the old Winfield Elementary School building, sharing storage space with other community organizations, and also has to use a section of the parking lot for client reception and food distribution.
These facilities are extremely inadequate, especially during the winter months, and the community has come together to build a new home for the food bank
Community partners in this project are the Rotary Club of Lake Country, the District of Lake Country, Okanagan College, UBC Okanagan, local construction firms, and the community of Lake Country overall.
Estimates to accomplish this project — including the land and a building with adequate storage and safe food handling facilities — is approximately $1,065,000.
The municipality has donated land, valued at $262,000, with lease fees and taxes waived, and the Rotary Club of Lake Country has spearheaded community and foundations fundraising with over $100,000 raised so far and an additional $120,000 anticipated through the next six months.
Direct donations to the Food Bank are over $55,000 through community donation boxes and individuals.
Commitments from local contractors and construction firms, University of BC Okanagan Faculty of Engineering, and Okanagan College’s Trades and Apprenticeship Program has been pledged, valued at over $300,000 in materials and labour.
A New Home for the Food Bank still requires over $200,000 to accomplish our project, with only a portion of this expected through other funding.