The Lumby Food Bank is receiving weekly donations from a number of retailers for distribution to the needy of our community. The Food Bank is run entirely by volunteers and serves around 70 clients on a weekly basis and in excess of 100 clients and their families with their monthly hampers.
Through the Food Bank BC we are in line to receive frozen vegetables and dairy products on a regular basis from their regional hub in Kelowna. Our facilities at the current location are already stretched to the limit.
To accommodate these additional groceries, we applied for a variance permit to place a 20ft refrigerated container behind the current building to enable us to receive and store these additional donations safely.
The Lumby Village Council denied the application. They suggested that such a container be placed in the industrial area of Lumby. Given that it would be used at least once a week to store food received and once a week to collect food to be distributed to our clients, are they volunteering to do the transporting? Or, perish the thought, don’t they care for the underprivileged in our community?