LAKE COUNTRY, B.C. – It was an emotional hand off Wednesday, as the Lake Country Food Bank took over the keys to their new building, a permanent home on Bottom Wood Lake Road.
“Overwhelmed,” says Joy Haxton, vice president of the food bank’s board of directors about the occasion. “Mostly, just overwhelmed.”
The project was a massive community effort lead by the Rotary Club of Lake Country.
More than 250 individuals made financial donations, including one anonymous gift of $50,000. Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick made a $10,000 personal donation to the project.
Aviva Insurance Company award the food bank project $100,000 from its Community Projects Fund.
Okanagan College donated more than $250,000 in labour from construction students.
“Looks like they did a good job,” says Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton.
Phyllis MacPherson began the food bank in her home three decades ago. She looked forward to the new location, but passed away just before Christmas.
The Lake Country volunteer made sure 600 clients who had little food didn’t go without from month to month.
The first hampers from the new 2600 sq ft location are expected to be ready by March.