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Central Okanagan Community Food Bank
Every month the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank helps close to 4,000 individuals in Kelowna and West Kelowna. We strive to address local hunger and food security in our community.
2310 Enterprise Way
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1X 4H7
Causes we care about

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Poverty

  • Social Services

Businesses whose employees volunteer with us
Social Mission
The Central Okanagan Food Bank is a caring, compassionate group of people who help those in need, without consideration of race, religion or creed through:
Providing healthy and nutritious foods to those in need.
Creating partnerships and alliances for the effective and efficient collection and distribution of foods.
Providing appropriate and accurate referrals.
We are responsible and transparent stewards of the resources entrusted to us by our community.
Businesses and organizations that we work with
SKYTRAC Systems
Integra Tire Auto Centre
Secure-Rite Mobile Storage
Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union
BigSteelBox
Do Some Good
Okanagan Fruit Tree Project Society
Canadian Mental Health Association Kelowna
Aberdeen Hall Student Group
Our average annual contributions received

21K

Hours Volunteered

$436K

Monetary Equivalent of Hours

Volunteer opportunities
Logo of Food Bank Volunteer
Food Bank VolunteerKelowna Location, Kelowna2 shift options minimum of 3hrs long, next shift starts Jun 18th 2021 4:00pm.
Help with distribution, sorting, quality control of food donations as well as light cleaning duties.
Looking for 60 volunteers
Stories of our community involvement
Thanks, TELUS!

A few times each year, Telus supplies us with hygiene kits to support folks who may not have the critical basics: a toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, a facecloth and soap.

We are proud to share these kits with amazing partner agencies in our community, who can get these right into the like hands of people who need it most like Metro Community and H.O.P.E. Okanagan

#telus #sharingiscaring #onecommunity #foodbanks #hygiene #okanagan #kelowna #westkelowna #bethechange #givewhatyouhave #dowhatyoucan
Students from Vancouver College of Art & Design are using their time and talent this spring, to create a 3D animated advertisement for the Central Okanagan Food Bank! Justin Boardman, a student who volunteers for the COFB heard about the recent rise in need and was compelled to bring over 25 students together to produce the advertisement which the group hopes will raise awareness and encourage monthly donations toward the Central Okanagan Food Bank.

TELUS Share Your Story has upped the stakes, with a contest that is offering a $10,000 prize to be awarded to the chosen charity. Please spread the word and SHARE THIS POST!

#friendlyfuture #foodbanks #okanagan #TELUSfriendlyfuture #kelowna #westkelowna #futurefriendly #fundraising #communitygiving #feedingfamilies #dowhatyoucan #giveback #endhunger #donate #friendlyfuturedays
Awesome news!

Kelowna's own The Local Gift Card is supporting Central Okanagan Food Bank through Feed the Valley 2021. You can buy the gift card online, to use at any of their participating local retailers (there are tons!) and $1 from every $10 in gift cards comes right to helping the Food Bank. Thank you, thank you to Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union and The Local Gift Card!

#shoplocal #giveback #fundraising #communityimpact #foodbanks #healthyfood #foodsecurity #okanagan #feedingfamilies #helpinghouseholds #socialgood

Buy yours here >>> www.thelocalgiftcard.ca
Yesterday we were invited to a special presentation by Anne McClymont Elementary. An entire class created a planter box to thank others who help the community... and they chose our Central Okanagan Food Bank volunteers!

Pictured is our Volunteer Coordinator Jennifer receiving the planter box from this awesome group of young sprouts!

THIS is the kindness that helps the world go 'round.🌿💛🧡

#community #volunteerism #foodbanks #mayflowers #givingback #kelowna #okanagan #westkelowna #schoolproject #smallgifts #bigimpacts #startemyoung #thankyou
A welcome sign that spring is here 👉 ASPARAGUS.

Whatever way our clients choose to enjoy this delicious veggie we know it will be a perfect compliment to any meal this month. 😋

Thank you Helen's Acres Community Farm for your amazing bounty! 🙏

#healthyfood #feedingfamilies #yum #okanagan
Meet Lisa & Ian Gillis. Always a huge help to our team, these two have been members of our West Kelowna team for nearly three years. They have a standing date night at our West Kelowna location, where you can find Lisa carefully sorting all meat products for our clients while Ian delivers hampers out to vehicles and directs traffic to help keep everyone organized. They are also eager helpers for our food drives and can be seen warmly greeting shoppers rain or shine!

🍎 Why is volunteering important for you?
It is important to stay connected to the community and to provide service whenever possible.

🍎 How did you get connected with the Food Bank?
We were looking for an opportunity to help others in our community while keeping active.

🍎 What do you love most about volunteering with us?
Knowing what we do makes a difference for people in need.

🍎 What is the most important trait of a volunteer?
Being kind and non-judgmental.

🍎 Why should other community members volunteer?
There is always a need because people’s circumstances can change in an instant.

Thank you to Lisa and Ian, for your dedication to the Food Bank and your teamwork that benefits our community so very much. We are thankful for you! 💛🧡
If you haven't donated to Big White Ski Resort's TELUS SnowCross Challenge... we have some good news!

You have until TOMORROW to get in on this amazing campaign.
- Every donation up to $15,000 will be matched by Big White!
- Every donor has the chance to win prizes, like a Telus iPhone 12!

Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the Central Okanagan Food Bank Nutritional Improvement Program.

Click here to donate: https://cofoodbank.com/bigwhite/
Rotary Centre for the Arts and COFB will be Singing for Supper this weekend at our local Superstores.

Join us Saturday 10-2 while RCA's young Jazz Jam musicians help you get in the mood to donate food for our Easter Food Drive! 🐣 🥫🥑🍽️🍌🥦🥚

#goodmoodfood #singingforsupper #jazzmusic #fooddrive #donatefunds #supportlocalartists #youngmusicians #rotary #givingback #onecommunity
Meet our local Kelowna Safeway team (and honorary food bank volunteers) Jon, Pardeep, and Tyler.

This particular store has been raising literal tons of food for COFB over the years, and Pardeep alone sells about 30 pre-packed donation bags every single day, which is about $50,000 per year!

And to top it all off... during the last few months of 2020 brought in $15,210 in fundraising dollars. What an amazing bunch!💛🧡

#foodbanks #onecommunity #kelowna #ylw #dowhatyoucan #sharethelove #foodsecurity #everycancounts #food #okanagan #volunteerism
Meet Dan McFarlane. Some know him as ‘Dirtman Dan’ from his career in the radio world. Now retired, he is a huge supporter of local events, the Okanagan Sun football team, and a long-time volunteer with us at COFB. A lover of all things spicy and an adventurous cook, Dan loves to feed people, and to make sure everyone can feed themselves—which is how he ended up here.

How did you get connected with the food bank?
In my career I was able to support many charities including the food bank. When you come down to it, food is the essence of life.

Why is volunteering important to you?
Food security is important to me. There are a lot of people out there that just need a little help to keep up, and we can be here for them.

What do you love most about volunteering with us?
There are great volunteers within the building that become friends, from all different walks of life.

What is the most important trait of a volunteer?
Integrity—feeling good about coming to help and being willing to show up and learn something new in order to help and make a difference.

Why should other community leaders volunteer?
Everyone has a passion. If it is not the food bank it might be a sports group, theatre organization, or anything else. Any non-profit would be glad to have your help!
2310 Enterprise Way
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1X 4H7
Causes we care about

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Poverty

  • Social Services

Businesses whose employees volunteer with us
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