The Food Bank distributes $350

Food bank needs support beyond food

The Golden Food Bank is requesting financial support from local government in order to cover rent, utilities and staffing costs.

The Golden Food Bank is one of the few food banks in the region that doesn’t receive any form of municipal funding, and the food bank’s president and general manager would like to see that change.

Mandy Cantle and Stephanie Findlater, president and general manager respectively, delivered a presentation to Town Council at its Aug. 18 meeting where it outlined the organization’s needs and how funding from municipal government would help them survive.

Perhaps it might be a bit surprising that food is not a significant need, but the Golden Food Bank has plenty of it, distributing $350,000 worth on an annual basis. Between its position on the highway, the generosity of locals and the organization’s very successful food recovery program, the  food bank has plenty of food coming into its facility every year.

Instead, the facility needs funding to cover its rent, utilities and staffing which costs $55,000 per year.

As a result, the food bank requested funding from the Town totalling $10,000 annually. A request for the same funds has also been made to the CSRD.

There was a limited amount of discussion from council following the presentation, but the matter will be on the agenda for the first meeting in September.