WATCH: Cranbrook Food Bank in full swing for holiday season

While the Cranbrook Food Bank serves the community year round, the Christmas season sees an annual ramping up of the work they do and the support they receive.

On Friday night, Nov. 23, at the Kootenay Ice game, the Food Bank set up shop outside the entrance. There they collected about 1,139 pounds of food and $1,382 in cash and cheques.

WATCH:

“That’s the type of donation that’s pretty sizeable when they collect something like that at a hockey game, so we were quite pleased with it,” said Gerry Oviatt, manager of the Food Bank.

Next, on Monday night, Nov. 26, the Kootenay Ice players went out with about half a dozen drivers from Cranbrook Dodge, going door to door around the city and collected a further 1,132 pounds of food — bringing the total to 2,271 pounds collected in a two-night period.

READ MORE: Christmas 2017 at the Cranbrook Food Bank

The money raised goes towards purchasing items that the food bank is currently short of, Oviatt explained, things like staple items such as potatoes, canned soups, juices for kids lunches, pasta and pasta sauce. All these items are needed when the time comes to put together hampers.

“And of course the food donations that we get coming in are things like what we’ve been putting on our list that we’re short of, and the same types of things, like pasta sauces and pasta and personal-care type items we like to have on hand too.

“Possibly shampoos, soaps, laundry detergents things like that that people need too. A lot of times when people are making donations they don’t think of that type of thing. We put out a list before the game to suggest things that we could use, so that’s kind of how we work that type of thing.”

The Food Bank is now ramping up for the holiday season by increasing the number of days they operate, from Monday, Wednesday and Friday, to all weekdays throughout the whole month of December.

“A lot of people bring in extra donations and that type of thing during the month of December,” Oviatt said. “That’s why we actually are going to man the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well through the month of December.

He added the Food Bank will be giving out hams (for single clients) and turkeys (for families) through the week ending Friday, Dec. 1.

The annual Chamber of Commerce Turkey Drive is happening again so Dec. 6 will be another major day on the Food Bank calendar. Oviatt and Jason Wheeldon will take to the airwaves, drumming up more support over the radio.

“This time of year, everybody in this community has been really good to us, supporting us and helping us to accomplish our goals, so that’s why we’re open so much in December especially,” Oviatt said. “We get people from different businesses, and different clubs around town and that type of thing to help get donations in to help us accomplish our goals for the month before Christmas.”

On Wednesday, Nov. 28, the Food Bank also helped to support a turkey dinner for seniors at the Cristoforo Colombo Lodge along with the Rotary Club and the Salvation Army. The dinner had about 500 people in attendance.

The holiday season highlights the hard work done by the Food Bank volunteers year round, and Oviatt says that this year they are off to a good start.

“I think we’re doing pretty well — we just get so much support from this area, it’s been really good to us. They realize that the economy has been struggling and we try and keep up with the needs of the community and stuff like that.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Environment Canada has issued a snow warning for the Kootenays on Friday. File photo
Environment Canada issues snow warning for Friday

Two-to-10 centimetres is expected to fall

Cranbrook defenceman Quaid Anderson has committed to the Cranbrook Bucks.
Hometown defenceman commits to the Cranbrook Bucks

Quaid Anderson, 19, joins the Bucks after spending the last two seasons in the KIJHL

BC ELECTION
B.C. political leaders reflect on rural health care as election looms

NDP leader John Horgan, BC Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson talk rural health care priorities

What's happening at the Cranbrook Public Library
What’s happening at the Cranbrook Public Library

Mike Selby Exciting news! The Library is now open with extended hours… Continue reading

COVID-19 test tube. (Contributed)
test tube with the blood test is on the table next to the documents. Positive test for coronavirus covid-19. The concept of fighting a dangerous Chinese disease.
Interior Health launches online booking for COVID-19 tests

Testing is available to anyone with cold, influenza or COVID-19-like symptoms

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry presents modelling of COVID-19 spread in B.C., March 25, 2020. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. sets another COVID-19 record with 203 new cases

up to 1,766 active cases in B.C., two more deaths

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
British Columbia man dies during ski trip near glacier west of Calgary

Kananaskis Public Safety and Alpine Helicopters responded around 2:30 p.m.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, following a week-long break for the House of Commons. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
One crisis after another for Trudeau since last federal election one year ago

It has been a year of unprecedented calamity and crisis

Rio Tinto Alcan’s aluminum smelter at Kitimat competes against producers in the Middle East and Russia that have no carbon tax. (Rio Tinto)
B.C. carbon tax highest in Canada, export industries unprotected

B.C. NDP, B.C. Liberals say they’re looking at exemptions

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

(Pixabay)
Vancouver teacher suspended after swearing, touching students and complimenting underwear

McCabe touched students, including rubbing their backs and necks, touching their hair and hugging them

Jack Vellutini, 100, is still making sweet music. Photo: Submitted
Music stirs memories as Trail serenader nears 101st birthday

Jack Vellutini gave his brass instruments to Trail up-and-comers so the legacy of music can live on

Most Read