The Lake Country Food Bank

The Lake Country Food Bank, operated by the Lake Country Food Assistance Society, has been in operation since the mid-1970s, and has served the community as a registered charity since 1988. The Lake Country Food Assistance Society aids all those in need of assistance, ranging from children to seniors, families, single parents, and everyone in-between. They are entirely volunteer operated and currently serve 500 to 600 people each month. Approximately 6% of the population of Lake Country, one-third of which are children, relies on assistance from the local food bank.

In 2012, the District of Lake Country, in partnership with the Lake Country Food Assistance Society and the Rotary Club of Lake Country, conducted a feasibility study to construct a new building for the Food Bank. The new facility was to include warehouse/storage space, a prep area, reception and administration space, more than double the current working space, and would provide for safe food storage and handling practices. Construction on the new facility began in March 2015. In the fall of 2015, The Lake Country Food Assistance Society received funds from the Central Okanagan Foundation to cover the remaining costs of equipment, shelving, and walk-in coolers.

Having this new equipment has allowed the Lake Country Food Assistance Society to make a big impact in their community and beyond. They are now able to partner with local farmers to store fresh produce, which has given them the opportunity to give out more food than ever before.

"Our new building with a walk in cooler and freezer has enabled us to receive tons of fresh produce and to distribute and share with multiple organizations, schools, and five food banks. The benefits are so far reaching, it is amazing!" says Joy Haxton, Manager of the Lake Country Food Bank.

To learn more about the Lake Country Food Assistance Society, email them at lakecountry.foodbank@gmail.com.