It’s time to give

More than a third of all the people who have to turn to food banks are children and youths.

  • Dec. 2, 2016 8:00 a.m.

About a third of food bank clients are children.

If you’ve never been through the doors of a food bank, lucky you.

And shame on you — they need you to volunteer.

For those of us who have never needed the kind of help food banks offer, it’s easy to gloss over the statistics:

• Every month, over 850,000 people in Canada turn to a food bank

• More than a third, 284,000, are children and youth. (Food Banks Canada)

They are families with children, employed people, people on social assistance, people on a fixed income, seniors, people with disabilities, people you know.

elvesIf you’ve thought about donating, go to www.cofoodbank.com.

If you’ve ready to volunteer, call 250-763-7161.

If you have non-perishables to give, here’s a list where you can drop off items.

• Kelowna Capital News, 2495 Enterprise Way

Daily Courier’s Be An Angel Campaign

Make a donation on Dec. 2 to the annual CBC Day

Go to the Real Canadian Superstore in Kelowna or West Kelowna on Dec. 2, 3 and 4 to ‘Stuff A Bus.’

West Kelowna Firefighters will be knocking on doors Dec. 6 and 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. for their annual food drive

Get your Global Okanagan Calendar with a minimum donation of $25 to the food bank of your choice

Donate new, unwrapped toys to KelownaSantas.com

Sponsors a family by calling Tammy at 250-763-7161

• Look for your Spirit of Giving donation envelope in the mail

Food Bank Donate non-perishable food items at community food drives being held throughout December

Sign up for the Central Okanagan Food Bank’s No Hungry Children campaign to support children’s nutrition programming all year long

Purchase Buy BC coupons from the checkout at your local grocery store — every $2 buys $6 worth of food

Feed the Valley, donate non-perishable food items or make cash donations at any Valley First branch

Hold a festive food drive in your neighbourhood, church, service club or workplace

Send a donation directly to the Central Okanagan Food Bank’s Spirit of Giving Campaign at 1265 Ellis Street, Kelowna BC V1Y 1Z7 or 2545 Churchill Road West Kelowna BC V4T 2B4.

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