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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

Some of the 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
Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union
Integra Tire Auto Centre
Stober Group
SKYTRAC Systems
Central Okanagan Foundation
Kelowna Capital News
JCI Kelowna
Okanagan Fruit Tree Project Society
Victory Life Church
Our average annual contributions received

21K

Hours Volunteered

$436K

Monetary Equivalent of Hours

Volunteer opportunities
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Food Bank VolunteerKelowna Location, Kelowna2 shift options minimum of 3hrs long, next shift starts Mar 2nd 2021 5:00pm.
Help with distribution, sorting, quality control of food donations as well as light cleaning duties.
Looking for 36 volunteers
Stories of our community involvement
*LOCAL FAMILY FUND DONATES $3,000 IN SUPPORT OF INFANTS*

The Gary Bennett Family Fund and its supporters donated $3,000 towards the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank’s No Hungry Children Campaign and Tiny Bundles Program which, in addition to monthly food hampers, provides pregnant mothers and families with children under the age of one with weekly nutritional supplements including fruit and vegetables, milk, eggs, meat and baked goods, along with diapers, baby food and formula.

In true collaboration of supporting local, all baby products were purchased in partnership with the West Kelowna Real Canadian Superstore.

“Baby products are incredibly expensive to buy and we couldn’t be more grateful for the many years of support from the Gary Bennett Family Fund”, says Trevor Moss CEO of the Okanagan Food Bank. “Last year we had 1,356 visits to our Tiny Bundle’s program which has a budget of over $183,000 per year to run. The addition of these products will go a long way to ensure local families have the support they need to provide a healthy life for their children”.

For more information on how to receive assistance for this program please visit cofoodbank.com. To support the No Hungry Children Campaign, please visit: cofoodbank.com/ no-hungry-children
Meet Heidi Brunton, sometimes known as ‘Mother Hen’ around the food bank. She is the heart behind the Perishable Food Recovery Program at our West Kelowna location. Volunteering five days a week, Heidi makes sure fresh foods going to our clients are high quality and always helps her teammates feel supported. She's been volunteering with us for over a decade!

Why is volunteering important to you?
I love the feeling I get about supporting a cause I care about.

How did you get connected with the food bank?
I was introduced to the Food Bank by a friend in 2010.

What do you love most about volunteering with us?
It gives me a sense of pride and accomplishment knowing I’ve made a difference in a person’s life.

What is the most important trait of a volunteer?
A team player-- able to take initiative and to always stay humble.

Why should other community leaders volunteer?
To have a better understanding of how the Food Bank operates, how the volunteers work together, and to see what kind of donations that are provided by the community.

Thank you Heidi for your extraordinary support. We don’t know where we'd be without our Mother Hen!
Meet Craig Smith, UBCO Heat women’s soccer coach and regular COFB volunteer. Always asking for the heaviest and hardest jobs, Craig has logged over 250 volunteer hours in the last year and we can’t imagine the place without him. This fall his team joined us as well, and they've contributed over 350 volunteer hours since.

Why is volunteering important to you? We’re in this world to give, not to take.

How did you get connected with the food bank? New Year 2020 I reached out to volunteer, and when the pandemic made our soccer season impossible I just kept showing up to help.

What do you love most about volunteering with us? There is a real sense of community. I’ve met a lot of great people and it’s a sincere way to help.

What is the most important trait of a volunteer? To do your best no matter what the job. Even if it’s cleaning toilets—do your best!

Why should other community leaders volunteer? Altruism is the only reason, ever. I am at a point in my life where I can choose where to spend my time. I'm learning that it's not about what you get, it's about what you give. That's what makes the world better.

Thank you Craig, we appreciate you! 💛🧡
Happy Friday! Today Do Some Good is giving a shout out to one of our Good Companies, Kelowna Toyota, for their amazing community support!

Take one look at the Kelowna Toyota website and you'll be blown away by how much they give back. We're talking 26 charities, 43 charity events, and over half a million dollars donated since 2016!

This is an incredible example of how businesses are so much more than the products or services they provide. They truly are part of the fabric of our community and play a very important role in strengthening our communities and helping those who need it most.

Kelowna Toyota is also in it for the long haul. For them, it's not just a once-and-done donation. They have over a dozen long-time community partnerships with charities and groups like Kelowna YMCA, Mamas for Mamas, BC SPCA Kelowna Branch, Central Okanagan Community Food Bank, East Meets West Children's Foundation, and Cops for Kids Riders.

THANK YOU for being a shining example of how to make giving back part of your business. We are SO proud you're part of the Do Some Good family!

To learn more about Kelowna Toyota's community support, visit: https://www.kelownatoyota.com/community_driven/
We have been a proud supporter of the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank since 2010. We have donated the delivery and pickup of containers at various times to handle the oversight of dry food donations ($4,000+ in value). We've rallied our team to go down to the Food Bank warehouse after work and stuff 300+ family-sized hampers, totaling more than 200 volunteer hours. Not-for-profits are the heartbeat of our communities; thank-you for your incredible work and collective of volunteers that extend helping hands to as many people as possible!
Continued support by valued Community Partners such as CapriCMW Insurance keeps our spirits bright during the holidays. BIG thanks to the entire team at CapriCMW for your generous donation to help end food insecurity in the Okanagan.
#onecommunity #feedingfamilies #endhunger #spiritofgiving #inpsired #foodbank
Food is rolling in! But there's still plenty of room to #FillTheContainer for Kelowna Chrysler Dodge Jeep on behalf of the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank. Let's work together to ensure our community has food on the table this holiday season!
"What's the best way to fill a container?"
Fill it up with food so we can fill the bellies of those in need!

Kelowna Chrysler is hosting a #FillTheContainer Christmas Food Drive for the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank on location until December 23! If you have extra canned soup, mac n' cheese, pasta, or more to spare, come down to 2440 Enterprise Way in Kelowna and help us fill this container up! Everyone needs a little help by times, let's work together to make sure that those in need are well fed.
Very cool way to support charities with simply how you shop. Beginning December 5th You will be able to shop on Charitables.com for gifts where the proceeds support Mamas for Mamas and Central Okanagan Community Food Bank. Tax receipts provided for all donors. For more details contact jperlinger@charitables.com #shoplocal #shoplocalthischristmas
2310 Enterprise Way
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1X 4H7
Causes we care about

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Poverty

  • Social Services

Some of the businesses whose employees volunteer with us
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