We are looking for
interested parties to assist with our
Summer Snack Program for 2020.
Ways to help:
- Host a Snack Drive at your school – This can be a competition between classes or working towards a school-wide goal.
- Let parents & others know we are looking for volunteers. Volunteer positions include caring for plants and vegetables in a community garden, picking fruits and vegetables, sorting and packing bags, driving and distributing snack bags, chopping vegetables and snack drive hosts. Time commitment is 2 hours per shift, shifts are available every week throughout the summer. Sign up for as many or as few as you would like!
- Ways for community members to get involved: Donate fruits and vegetables and/or snacks, make a monetary donation, volunteer your time or drive snack bags!
The Summer Lunch and After School Snack Program 2019 Supported 163 Youth!
Youth attending the Summit Youth Centre identified a need for a program that would support their food-related needs through the summer months, after school and on weekends. Youth Centre staff reached out to the Columbia Valley Food Bank, parents, schools, and community volunteers to support this initiative. We received so much support from the community through in-kind donations, volunteer hours and grant funds. We are so proud to have exceeded our goal of supporting 50 youth. We were able to provide summer lunches and after school meals to 163 children & youth across the Columbia Valley!
We received support from a number of caring individuals in our community that believe food security should be a right and that children and youth should not go hungry. Here are some examples of the support we were fortunate enough to get.
- Columbia Valley Food Bank – donations of food worth $1800.00
- Classrooms at J. A. Laird Elementary collected 100 pounds of snacks through a food drive organized at their school to support this program. These snacks included applesauce, granola bars, crackers, fruit leather, all school-friendly snacks!
- Parents & Staff from J. A. Laird Elementary contacted the Youth Centre staff to volunteer their time sorting and packing lunch bags. In addition to that, they purchased and donated fresh fruits and vegetables that we then added to the bags. At the beginning of July, we started with packing 50 lunches, over the course of the summer that number grew to 115 lunch bags being packed each week! These 11 parents provided a lot of fresh produce!
- 28 youth, 16 parents, 9 Food Bank volunteers, 3 Youth Centre volunteers & 3 YC staff spent 158 hours of their summer break chopping vegetables, sorting, packing, counting, driving and distributing these lunch bags all across the Columbia Valley.
We made deliveries to Edgewater, Radium, Shuswap, Invermere, Windermere, Akisqnuk, Fairmont, and Canal Flats!