Help support Kelowna food bank

Two events this weekend help mark the start of National Hunger Awareness Week across Canada.

Two weekend events help the Kelowna Community Food Bank kick off National Hunger Awareness week, May 7 to 11.

National Hunger Awareness week is a Food Banks Canada promotion raising awareness about the issue of hunger in Canada. Food banks across the country hold community events to tell the story of the work they do, and the stories of hungry Canadians assisted by food banks.

“This year we decided to get started early,” says Lenetta Parry, Kelowna food bank associate executive director.

Hunger Awareness Week in Kelowna starts Saturday, May 5, 2 p.m., with Shaw’s “Fill the Van” at Save-on-Foods Orchard Plaza.  “Shaw and Campbell Canada have taken a lead role in the fight against hunger,” says Parry.  “As part of Shaw’s ‘Together is Amazing’ campaign, they have teamed up to ‘Fill the Food Banks’ this spring.  They raised over 2.6 million pounds of food for food banks across Canada in 2010. This year they hope to beat that.”

On Sunday, the public is invited to join the North Okanagan Labour Council’s Protein for People Community Celebration at Springvalley Elementary School between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.   The Protein for People Project is an all-volunteer union sponsored project to assist food banks in British Columbia.

“We do this by raising donations to purchase canned protein products for donation to food banks,” says Cheryl Stone, recording secretary for the North Okanagan Labour Council.

Last year the North Okanagan Labour Council donated about $8,000.00 worth of canned salmon to the four Okanagan food banks.  “The Protein for People Project” has supplied thousands of cans of high quality wild BC salmon to those who really need it.  Another order is on its way soon, hopefully by the end of May 2012,” says Stone.

The salmon is purchased from BC salmon wholesalers using money donated primarily by union members, either personally or indirectly through their unions.  Stone says that over 40 unions are affiliated with the North Okanagan Labour Council.

For more information, please visit  or

Just Posted

UPDATED: Body found in burnt Kelowna home

“Firefighters later updated police that a body had been discovered inside the home. “

VIDEO: Government approves funding of $750,000 drug for B.C. woman

Approval comes one day after province announces funding for Soliris on a case-by-case basis

Angler fined for over-fishing on Gardom Lake

It was an expensive fishing trip for an Okanagan man this weekend.… Continue reading

NDP’s Shelley Cook to try again in Kelowna West

After losing to Christy Clark in May, Cook will vie for the seat again when a byelection is called

Brewers create anti-fascist ale

Not For Nazis Nut Brown Ale will be ready in time for Christmas

Tattooing couple opens new shop in Lake Country

Cody and Fabiana Philpott opened NSI Tattoo in August

B.C. boy’s social media bid to get levidrome in the Oxford dictionary goes viral

‘It’s been five weeks and has totally blown up today.’

Whistler venues could see 2026 Olympic action

Calgary is looking to cut down on costs

Michael Buble announced as 2018 Juno host in Vancouver

Awards will celebrate Canadian talent in March

Lambert renews acquaintances with Rockets

Dan Lambert, who led the Rockets to a WHL title in 2015, will see his ex-team Wednesday in Spokane

OSO reignites French classical romantic era

The OSO presents three works from era composers in their Nov. 24-26 concert, The French Connection

BC Hydro issues storm safety tips

Bulletin indicates “electrical contact incidents resulting in serious injury are on the rise.”

UPDATE: Washington Governor Jay Inslee visits B.C.

Premier John Horgan talks trains, trade with southern neighbour

Viral video shows deer killed on Snapchat in Campbell River

RCMP say they have identified those involved and are working with conservation officers

Most Read