The Nicola Valley and District Food Bank is honouring their dedicated staff, awarding two of their volunteers with an award for their service in the community. Brenda Fahlman and Georgina Johnny, both volunteers with the food bank, were named the organization’s ‘Volunteers of the Year’ in commemoration of their hard work and years of service.
The two volunteers perform a number of tasks for the food bank during an extremely busy time for the organization. Floods, fires, and economic downturn has led more people to require assistance from the food bank. Fahlman and Johnny both pick up and deliver donations, sort donated goods, interact with clients, and ensure operations at the much needed local food bank stay running smoothly.
The food bank serves an average of 900 clients on a weekly basis, currently out of its Quilchena Avenue location. The 1800 square foot storefront is used by the non-profit to receive, sort, and distribute its donated food and other goods. The food bank also runs an annual Christmas Hamper Program, which distributes food, clothing, and gifts to hundreds of local families during a financially strenuous time. The organization says it is searching for more volunteers and board members to join the award winning team.
“We are looking for board members to help fill positions, especially our secretary position,” said Food Bank Manager Derlanda Hewton.
“We’re also looking for members that are eager to grow with us, because we’re coming up on a time where we’re going to begin our campaign for a new building. It’s going to be an exciting time for us in our future here.”
As the food bank hopes to expand, it will fundraise and search for a more suitable location. The Nicola Valley and District Food Bank always welcomes and appreciates monetary donations, and is actively seeking both board members and committed volunteers. For more information, or to get involved, visit www.nicolavalleyfoodbank.com.