Jaycees clean up food bank

Following a weekend of inspiration and professional development, members of the Kelowna JCI (Jaycees) gave back to the Central Okanagan Food Bank.

“We are a group of young people that provide development opportunities to create positive change in our community, and this is one of the ways we are doing that,” said community project organizer and JCI member Corrie Oman.

Sleeves were rolled up and clothes were casual as the Jaycees cleaned the food bank inside and out, from top to bottom.

“We have a group of volunteers doing a cleaning project,” explained Oman. “The food bank doesn't have a budget for cleaning, a lot of it is done by volunteers. So, every once in awhile it is good to do a really thorough clean on the days that they are closed.”

Once the food bank shelves were shining, the Jaycees volunteers teamed up for a competitive scavenger-hunt food drive, collecting donations for the food bank throughout downtown Kelowna.

“We are giving our time, there have been donations so there is giving of money and there is also giving of food today,” adds Oman.

Teams raced the clock to hit food drive stations at August Luxury Motorcars car, Edgecombe Builders, Safeway, Interior Savings, Valley First, EcCompass, Castanet and back to the food bank.

Teams collected items desperately needed by the food bank including toilet paper, baby food, tuna, fresh produce, dry pasta and food hampers.

To add to the incentive, the winning scavenger-hunt team was treated to a special ride in an August Luxury Motorcars Ferrari.

Sunday's community project was the final event of the the JCI Regional Convention held over the weekend.

Saturday night a gala and awards dinner was held featuring speakers including Kelowna mayor Colin Basran and W. Brett Wilson from Dragons' Den.

“It was a phenomenal presentation last night,” added Oman.

The Kelowna Jaycees are affiliated with Junior Chamber International (JCI); a worldwide federation of young leaders, between the ages of 18 and 40.  

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