Real estate companies in Central Okanogan are stepping up to stock the shelves at area food banks in the 2015 Real Estate Food Drive Challenge.
Agents and staff are encouraging the public to contribute by bringing non-perishable items to specially marked bins at real estate locations throughout Kelowna. Donations can also be dropped off at Nesters Market locations in Kelowna and West Kelowna up until Friday, Oct 2. All food items will be taken to the Central Okanogan Food Bank on Oct 6.
Thanksgiving Food Drive
Okanogan Realtors hope donations collected in the 2015 Real Estate Food Drive Challenge will add to the total amount raised during the Thanksgiving Food Drive on Sept. 19. Hundreds of volunteers collected 52,000 pounds of food and counting in Kelowna and West Kelowna. Approximately 20,000 empty bags were dropped off at homes the week prior to the drive. Residents were asked to fill the bags for collection on Sept 19, at which time a small army of volunteers retrieved the donated food items left on door steps.
Lenetta Parry, executive director of the COFB, said she was overwhelmed by the generosity of the community and hopes that by the end of the annual food drive, there will be enough on food bank shelves to see families through the end of December. She expressed her excitement at seeing so many car loads of food driven by local volunteers arriving at the food bank.
West Kelowna organizer Michael Jensen said more donations were collected in 2015 than in previous years, with more donations to come prior to the Oct. 2 deadline.
What You Can Donate
To meet the nutritional requirements of families, the food bank is looking for the following non-perishable items to help stock shelves this Thanksgiving season:
- hearty soups
- canned fruits and vegetables
- canned seafood and meat
- pasta of all types and sauce
- rice, especially brown
- peanut butter
- baby food
- diapers, size 4 – 5
- pet food
About the Food Bank
A food bank was created in the early 1980s in the basement of a Kelowna church to distribute emergency food supplies. Over the next 20 years, this grassroots organization went from serving 600 people every year to almost 2,500 a month, with 33 per cent of individuals 16 years of age or younger.
The food bank moved in 2004 to a warehouse in Ellis Street and continues to raise awareness about the effects of hunger in the Kelowna region. Those populations at risk include seniors over 66, youth under 16 and individuals with medical conditions including pregnant and nursing mothers.
Central Okanogan Realtors encourage those who are able to give generously by dropping off a food donation at special marked bins before Oct 2.
About the OMREB
Members of the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board (OMREB) have been very active this year raising money to benefit local charities in the Kelowna area. Last spring, Realtor members raised $14,000 for Habitat for Humanity, an organization that builds homes for the homeless, as well as the Kelowna Women’s Shelter.
The OMREB has a tradition of improving the quality of life for residents of the communities in which they live, work and play. The Board has 1,050 members covering the Central and North Okanagan districts as well as Shuswap and Revelstoke.