Snack Box Program – COVID19 Response

The purpose of this initiative is to enhance food security for children, youth, and families across the Columbia Valley during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Snack Box for Kids provides a supplement for food that children would normally receive from their school or daycare. The boxes include healthy snacks, including fresh fruits and vegetables, and easily prepared meals.

For many kids, snacks distributed at school or daycare are an essential food source. Due to school and daycare closures during the pandemic, this food source has disappeared for many kids.

Our goal is to increase food security for these families, providing a bit of extra support during these difficult times.

Food for the boxes comes from many different sources, such as; snack drives, collecting donations of vegetables and fruits from parents and community members, receiving in-kind donations of food from the Food Bank, and fresh BC fruits and vegetables provided by the BC Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program. We received a generous donation of jam jars from Saunders Family Farm and fresh bread baked weekly by Chef Vincent! Additionally, we purchased food locally and through the food service provider Sysco Foods.

“This program benefited me so much and the kids look forward to it every week. I can’t thank the program enough. I hope they are able to have a program like this next year because I know there are kids in our community going without snacks or healthy lunch. Thank you so much you are amazing.”

16,900 lbs of food distributed

Community Support 
We received support from several caring individuals in our community that believe food security should be a right and that children and youth should not go hungry. 
Columbia Valley Food Bank – donations of food worth
Parents & Staff from J. A Laird Elementary and the Columbia Valley Food Bank volunteered their time sorting and packing snacks. In addition, the Parent Advisory Council’s for Edgewater, Laird and David Thompson donated funds to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables for the snack boxes. At the beginning of May we started with packing 50 snack boxes to feed 96 children. Over the course of a couple short weeks that number quickly grew to over 100 boxes being packed each week to feed
189 children and youth
14 youth, 3 parents, 10 volunteers & 3 YC staff spent 
255 hours
during the pandemic and over their summer break sorting, packing, driving, and distributing these boxes  We made deliveries to Edgewater, Radium, Shuswap, Invermere, Windermere, Akisqnuk, Fairmont, and Canal Flats! That’s         
3,230 kms travelled

Over the past year the Columbia Valley Food Bank had 2,887 visits.
of those visits were for minors. These statistics provided by the food bank highlight the need for increased food security in the Columbia Valley. Our program is a small part of moving towards that goal.

“I would like to thank everyone involved. The food provided during the pandemic was exactly what I needed. I looked forward to each week- so much for the kids to enjoy. Thank you to all the volunteers involved. You did an amazing job!”

1,536 Snack Boxes Assembled

136 cases of fresh fruit and vegetables

4,608 snacks provided

Thank you to our supporters  
Columbia Valley Community Foundation Columbia Valley Food Bank School District No. 6 Kicking Horse Coffee Breakfast Clubs of Canada Regional District of the East Kootenay Areas F & G Columbia Valley Metis Association Kinsmen Club of the Windermere Valley D.T.S.S., JA Laird, and Edgewater Parent Advisory Councils Saunders Family Farm Executive Chef Vincent Stufano – Panorama Resort Columbia Valley Food and Farm Columbia Valley Food Secure Task Force, Alison Bell, Lara McCormack, Joanne Bragg, Andrea Salzbrenner Private donors Ian Robbins, Elaine Wallace & Andrea Langfeldt Volunteers: Gerri Brightwell & family, Cheona Paccagnan and family, Laurie & Marian Curson and family, Robbie Doerr, Lindsey Retelback, Sherry Doerr, Rick Bonnett, Jane Fleet and family, Samson Boyer, Lee & Ian Meadows and staff Sierra Franklin, Kelsey Prichard & Alison Bortolon

Check out our yummy snack boxes!