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How the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank is Helping Young People

Published December 16, 2016 20:35

Four years ago, the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank entered into a partnership with Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Downtown Youth Centre. Thanks to this partnership, the Downtown Youth Centre has been able to serve 13 409 meals and 8604 snacks in the past year alone. Youth eat these meals and snacks in the Community Kitchen Program, the Drop-In Program, and the Youth Shelter.

The Central Okanagan Community Food Bank is a reliable partner. They are always willing to provide enough resources so every young person at the Downtown Youth Centre can eat until they are full. “This is the best meal I’ve had in my life,” said one youth.

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Many youth who rely on the Downtown Youth Centre are used to having very little food. “They ensure that our programs have the essential ingredients for meals, special ingredients like gluten free bread, and extra goods like snacks and juice boxes,” said Downtown Youth Centre Director Sarah Mackinnon. For kids who regularly deal with food insecurity, the Food Bank takes referrals from the Downtown Youth Centre so no young person goes hungry.

To help young people celebrate the holidays, the Food Bank has donated a large turkey to the Downtown Youth Centre. Sarah is eager to serve the turkey at the annual holiday dinner. As you may know from our article on the Adopt A Family Program, the Food Bank also creates hampers families in need during the holiday season. Keep in mind that the Food Bank does all of these good deeds while running their own services for the community!

The Central Okanagan Community Food Bank is a leader in food security. Youth and adults from across the valley benefit from having access to healthy food and ingredients. We are proud to be partners in service with this exemplary organization.

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