We feel fortunate to have regular donors – folks that are sending donations on a consistent basis. Some send small cheque monthly, considering it important enough to include in their family budget. A local church congregation sends a donation every month. There are individuals in our community that donate monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or yearly in various amounts. Some donors traditionally donate at Christmas, others during he summer or as a memorial to a lost friend or loved one. Local businesses provide bins where customers can place purchased food items, and it’s remarkable how quickly these need to be emptied!
Occasionally we have had very unexpected but welcome donations. We have had donations of groceries and cash from kids hosting birthday parties where the asked for donations for the food bank instead of gifts for themselves. There have been gold tournaments where the participants have contributed a bit extra to be used as a support for us. In some of these cases, the donations been very significant! And, of course, the Jim Ashworth Walk last summer in celebration of his 101st birthday was truly exceptional.
Over the years, the CVFB has been supported by a number of initiatives that occur regularly (in normal years!), such as the Canada Day parade, the Radium Show and Shine, Feed the Valley, Feed the Town and the CP Holiday Train. all of these activities have made significant contribution to our operating budget. Several businesses regularly have special “drives” on our behalf where they offer customers discounts or bonuses for donations to our organization. We are grateful to these businesses and organizations for their ongoing support.
When our valley experienced the realities of the Covid-19 pandemic this past spring, restaurants and other businesses that were shutting down or altering their regular operations generously donated excess food, supplies or products.
During that difficult time, some supported our initiatives by producing meals and food items (soups, pasta dishes, etc.) that we could freeze and distribute to our clients.
So why do all of these donors contribute in so many ways? The obvious answer is that friends and neighbors throughout all the communities we serve understand their responsibility to care for those who need food support – no one wants to think that neighbors or their children might be going hungry. As well, may times, we’ve heard from donors that they themselves had to access the food Bank’s services at some point and wish to pay it forward. Our Valley residents and donors value their way of life and have a real sense of community, whether living here full time or part-time. Their gratitude translates into a wish that it be possible for all residents.
Written by Jim Nielsen