Food Bank needs food, money and younger volunteers

100 Mile House Food Bank Society needs younger generation to pick up the torch

Noting the amount of hampers being handed out is averaging around 120 each distribution day, 100 Mile House Food Bank Society president Bob Hicks says the numbers go up a bit sometimes and dip down at other times.

“Overall, it might be down a bit this year. We haven’t seen a real influx like some food banks have, and it hasn’t dropped that much either.”

The society is hosting its annual general meeting at the 100 Mile United Church, at 49 Dogwood Ave., on April 23, starting at 7 p.m.

The meeting is open to the public, but people have to be society members for one year before they are allowed to vote.

Hicks says he would really like to younger people get involved in the food bank and urges people of all ages to come to the AGM  to voice any concerns, questions, or comments regarding the 100 Mile Food Bank.

However, he says the organization requires a younger generation of volunteers to begin to step forward and assist the hundreds of citizens, including all of the children, who rely on the local food bank services.

“Having a youth component sure would be nice. We’re pretty much steady with the number of our volunteers,” Hicks says, adding a lot of the volunteers are getting on in age. “Myself, I’ve been here pretty much since day 1, and have been president for about 28 years. Don [Rolson] is the oldest one here and he’s 78 now, and he’s been working here for a good 22 or 23 years.”

Located on 7th Street across from Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School, the food bank is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the first and third Tuesday of the month. However, it is closed from the end of June to the end of August.

Anyone wishing to donate either goods or money can call Kathy Haveman at 250-395-4661, or leave a message on the food bank answering machine at 250-395-3923.

Hicks says all of the society members would really appreciate some extra help from community members and hopes folks, who are willing to volunteer, will show up at the AGM at the United Church on April 23.