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Food Bank needs you for Christmas campaign

Castlegar Source
By Castlegar Source
November 18th, 2016

The Castlegar Community Harvest Food Bank is starting their Christmas campaign, and they need you!

“We need to raise a significant amount of money to cover the costs of the weekly food bank, three meals per week at the Drop In, the monthly Shelter rent and Christmas Hamper costs,” said coordinator Deb McIntosh.

“We cater to low income earners, people on Social Assistance, working poor, disability and of course, seniors and the homeless,” she added. “We are not extravagant, we do not have paid staff nor do we pay rent for use of the building or the utilities.100 per cent of the money collected goes to the needs of the clients”.

The Food Bank gives out an average 250 hampers a month, some of which feed individuals and some for families. They feed hot lunch to 35 to 60 people every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the drop-in centre.

“We also do anywhere between 250 to 275 hampers each Christmas, which can be for a family of one or the largest family (I think the largest family we have had was two parents and six or seven children),” she said. “The area we service is Pass Creek to Genelle over to Glade.”

They also coordinate giving out gifts to children, brought in by the Castlegar Fire Department’s Toy Drive.

The Food Bank is a registered charity #BN869933762RR0001, and can issue tax receipts.

“Please consider making a donation to the Community Harvest Food Bank,” McIntosh said. “I can be reached at 250-608-1047, food can be dropped off at the Fireside Inn, City Hall or call for pick up. Cheques can be mailed to Community Harvest Food Bank, C/O 301 32nd St., Castlegar, BC, V1N 3S6.”
 

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