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Supporting Wildfire Relief Efforts in Our Community 
In the face of adversity, our community has shown remarkable resilience and unity as we continue to recover from the recent wildfire that swept through our area. The past few weeks have been one of dedicated efforts, compassion, and unwavering support as we strive to aid those affected by this disaster. With many community members reaching out to offer their help, we want to take a moment to share our journey with you and express our current needs.

A Week of Dedication and Unity 
“Mobilizing a quick response to provide food aid to our community required some impressive efforts from our entire team, but receiving calls from all across Canada with the four simple words of how can we help? motivated and inspired us to be of ultimate service when others needed us most. It was a great privilege and honor to rise-up through the generosity of so many people that had genuine care and concern for what we were going through.” – Trina Speiser; Director of Development

Within the first 12 hours of the announced evacuation orders, the Central Okanagan Food Bank team was on the front lines, working tirelessly with other on-the-ground organizations to provide essential assistance to those displaced by the wildfire. Our volunteers distributed food, water, and vital supplies to those who were forced to evacuate their homes, as well as the incredible first responders who battled this blaze. The outpouring of support from volunteers, local businesses, and individuals near and far has been nothing short of inspiring.

Our organization is fortunate to have strong relationships with national food retailers who immediately came to our aid on short notice. These companies delivered bulk food pallets to us which was imperative for us to be able to nourish the community during this crisis. We would like to thank Save On Foods, Loblaws, Sysco, and Costco for the commitment to our community and generosity that was shown to us.  

The sense of togetherness and determination displayed by our community has been the driving force behind our efforts, and we are incredibly grateful for your unwavering support. 

Meeting Current Needs
As the skies clear and the immediate danger subsides, we remain committed to addressing the ongoing needs of those affected by the wildfire. While these fires have been contained, many community members are forced to rebuild and reestablish their lives. The path to recovery may be long, but together, we can make a difference.

The Central Okanagan Food Bank continues to provide essential supplies, including non-perishable food, hygiene products, and baby supplies, to those who are in temporary housing or struggling to regain a sense of normalcy. Our team is also collaborating with local agencies to connect individuals with resources for housing, mental health support, and employment assistance. Your support has been invaluable in ensuring that nobody is left behind during this challenging period

A Journey Far from Over
It’s important to recognize that for many, the journey ahead remains uncertain and difficult. Homes have been lost, businesses shattered, and livelihoods upended. The coming months will pose their own set of challenges, and as a community, we must remain united in our commitment to helping one another.

The support that was proved to us from near and far shown has been heartwarming, and we ask that you continue to stand by us as the need for assistance extends beyond the immediate aftermath of the wildfire. The upcoming winter and the approaching holiday season, including Christmas, will bring additional difficulties for those who have lost so much. Your willingness to help and your empathy for our neighbors in need will be crucial as we navigate these trying times together.

In the spirit of unity, compassion, and resilience, let us hold onto our desire to make a difference. Together, we can provide comfort and hope to those who need it most. Thank you for standing strong with us and for your unwavering commitment to our community.

A special thanks to our heroes near and far

With heartfelt gratitude,

The Central Okanagan Food Bank team

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