Kelownians who are in need of food or a hot meal don’t have to worry about going hungry.
There are more than 18 agencies throughout the city that offer free breakfast, lunch and snacks to people who drop in.
Joel McNamara, a volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul, said there is currently a “great need” for food in the city. “It is not people on the street (who need food), it is people like young families who are really struggling,” he said.
Interior Health, at1340 Ellis St., offers fliers that list which agencies are currently offering food. The fliers are updated at the beginning of every month.
“Most of the agencies do offer food or meals year-round. Even if the fliers are outdated, people can just phone the numbers on the front and see if they are still offering food,” he said.
The fliers have a calendar inside that shows the agencies that supply food, if it’s for the public or organization members and the dates and times the food is available.
McNamara said the rental situation in the city is “ridiculous,” and is part of the reason why people are in such desperate need of food. “After people pay their rent and bills and buy their kids clothes, there is not enough left over for food.”
St. Vincent de Paul works on an emergency basis and can only deliver food once every three months, which is why they want to bring awareness to other options.