Letter: Food bank thankful for community garden at Chartwell

[Residents and staff] have done an amazing job of providing [the food bank] with fresh produce. The bins arrive every Thursday afternoon.

To the editor:

On behalf of the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank, I would like to thank the Capital News for highlighting one of our community gardens. On Wednesday September 2, 2015 the garden at Chartwell Chatsworth Retirement Residence was featured.

The residents, along with life enrichment coordinator Sarah Hemmett, and dedicated volunteer Natasha Neumann, have done an amazing job of providing us with fresh produce. The bins arrive every Thursday afternoon.

Our Tiny Bundles program, for families with babies, is held on Friday mornings. They are thrilled to receive beans, peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and more—all grown just down the street.

As the procurement coordinator for the food bank and a nurse in our community, I am delighted that we can provide excellent nutrition for our clientele. Our young moms and babies are particularly vulnerable when they cannot afford to purchase food. This summer we have been able to offer dozens of varieties of fresh, locally grown vegetables and fruits.

The Central Okanagan Community Food Bank would like to thank everyone in the community that has participated and donated garden produce. Thanks again to the Capital News for highlighting the garden at Chartwell Chatsworth Retirement Residence.

Patty Lou Bryant, procurement coordinator,

Central Okanagan Community Food Bank, Kelowna