Vital Waters is pleased to sponsor Westside Community Food Bank, and supply an unlimited amount of our pH Plus water for drinking and cooking all year around. Thank you for what you do in our community.
The Food Bank was started by Emmanuel Assembly Pentecostal Church in mid 1982 to assist church families affected by the high unemployment and high interest rates of the 1980s. It began as Robes, Loaves and Fishes. Being the only Food Bank in the Valley at that time, records indicate that people came from Peachland, Penticton, Naramata and Princeton to the South; Winfield, Oyama and Salmon Arm to the North. Later the name was changed to “Sharing the Harvest”.
In 1994, the Food Bank moved to a new location with a new name “Westside Community Foodbank Society” to better indicate that the Food Bank was a Community endeavor. In the ensuring 15 years, the Westside Food Bank has moved twice more, each time into very small quarters.
Finally, after raising capital funds for 9 years, the Westside Community Foodbank Society, on April 2. 2009, was able to purchase a permanent home on Churchill Road in Westbank BC. This was only made possible through a large Grant from the Regional District, a large donation from Gorman Bros. Lumber and the West Kelowna Community’s support of various fund raising endeavors by the Food Bank and Westside Holidaze.
Today, over 29 years later, the services of the Westside Community Food Bank are still needed and the West Kelowna community has met the challenge of “lifting people up”.