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.

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