Golden Food Bank says “Thank You” to all those who helped

Thank you doesn’t even begin to adequately express the appreciation and gratitude the Golden Food Bank would like to extend to all the individuals, organizations, clubs and businesses of Golden who so generously contributed to the Food Bank during the December Christmas fundraising campaigns and throughout 2010. Your donations helped to stock our shelves to capacity in December and will assist us in meeting costs of delivery of our services to those in need in our community throughout the coming year. It was a pleasure to meet all of you who dropped by our office to personally deliver your donation and to see our organization.

We could probably fill an entire page of this newspaper if we were to list everyone who donated, which is impossible to do in this letter. Please know that your donations are greatly appreciated. We would however like to express thanks to the following businesses and organizations who organized fundraising events on our behalf: Kicking Horse Mountain Resort for initiating what we hope will be an annual “Fill the Gondola” fundraiser event that collected over 300 kg of food, CPR Christmas Train, the Legion, Falklands Insurance, United Church, Nicholson, Lady Grey and Alexander Park Elementary Schools, Louisiana Pacific, Golden Farmers Market Association, Green Leaf Tree Services, Bizarre Entertainment, Whitetooth Bistro & Rockwater Bar & Grill, Sobeys, Overwaitea Foods and the Town of Golden. Thank you for your incredible support!

In order to keep our doors open to those in need in our community the Food Bank also relies on grants throughout the year. In 2010 generous grants and on going support from Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiative Program (CI), the Town of Golden and Louisiana Pacific will enable us to provide protein enhancement to weekly food hampers into 2011. A grant from the United Way allows us to add a little fresh produce. Food Hampers provide each registered household with enough food to last 5-7 days once per month. In 2010 we registered an 11.7% increase in client visits over 2010 and distributed 1793 hampers that fed 3711 individuals (1187) who were children. A grant from Interior Health allowed us to carry out our fall gleaning/produce sharing program, and additional funds from Columbia Basin Trust CI allowed us to install an irrigation system at the Ruth Wixon Memorial Community Garden. In December the Golden Community Foundation awarded us funds to install a sign on the Food Bank building, giving us a presence in the community and making us much easier to find. A CSRD Grant In Aid allowed us to purchase reusuable cloth bags used in our annual food drive. Thank you to these organizations for their continued support in making these projects possible.

Last but not least a huge thank you goes out to all of our volunteers including the Golden Rockets who somehow find the time to help out a few times each week or month stocking shelves, distributing hampers, unloading or picking up food and doing odd jobs around our office. You donated 1851 hours of your time to the Food Bank in 2010. Your dedication and energy allows us to carry on.

To all of Golden – Thank you for your ongoing support and for coming together as a community that cares!

Golden Food Bank Board of Directors

Debra Aumond, Golden Food Bank Co-ordinator

Diana Taufer, Golden Food Bank Hamper Manager