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Canada Coronavirus: Global Okanagan raises thousands for local food banks

04:41  30 june  2020
04:41  30 june  2020 Source:   globalnews.ca

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Food banks in the Okanagan Valley have been working overtime to continue putting food on the tables of [ Sign up for our Health IQ newsletter for the latest coronavirus updates ]. “As we move into June we Read more: Global Okanagan goes online for annual food bank fundraiser amid pandemic.

2:40 Coronavirus : Okanagan Food Banks in see increase in demand and decrease in donations. It's a sign of the times, at the foodbanks in the Central Okanagan the shelves are emptying faster than they can be refilled. The Salvation Army in Kelowna says it's desperately low on meat, bread, toilet

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During the first Food Bank Friday event, a one-day online fundraiser thanks to viewers, Global Okanagan was able to raise close to $12,000 for food banks throughout the valley.

With the help of 105 donors, food banks across the valley from Salmon Arm to Oliver are able to continue helping put nutritious meals on the tables of those who need a little extra help during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the food bank in Kelowna saw a 27-per cent increase in clients accessing their services.

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The Central Okanagan Food Bank is also asking clients who are displaying symptoms of coronavirus to please stay home, isolate yourself and call local health officials, It added that affected persons should not visit the food bank , but should instead call to arrange a dedicated pickup time.

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“As we move into June we have seen a 21-per cent increase,” said Trevor Moss, Central Okanagan Food Bank CEO.

“In June we have served 2,000 individuals — 750 of those individuals have been children and 20 per cent of those individuals have been seniors.”

Because of the Central Okanagan Food Bank's buying power of three to one, every dollar they spend is multiplied by three in stores.

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The Salvation Army Food Banks in Vernon and Penticton are preparing for what they predict is a long road ahead and they think will be another spike in need for their services in fall.

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