The Food Bank in Bella Coola began many years ago with food provided by Colleen Nelson (Harrington) out of her home. Catherine Winning continued to provide help in starting the Christmas hampers through the Community Support Society.
The Bella Coola Community Support Society, with a lot of work on Judith Hamilton’s part, was able to register with the Canadian Food Banks and have more access to food. With the generous help of Hagensborg Mercantile’s “Toonie at the Till” program, donations from the local Co-op, food drives, CBC fund raising, business and community donations, and the help of many volunteers, the Community Support Society is able to provide some access to food through monthly Food Banks.
This year we had help through individuals completing Community Service Hours. Many thanks go to Marietta Hans, who volunteers as our Food Bank co-coordinator. The Society has monthly Food Bank meetings to discuss registration, organizing volunteers, fund raising and other issues related to operating the Food Bank.
Each Food Bank needs a minimum of 10 individuals to set up and distribute the food monthly. The Community Support Society provides charitable tax receipts to anyone wishing to make a financial contribution to the local Food Bank. If you have an interest in the Food Bank please contact Marietta Hans at Elders Centre or Teresa McCausland at 250 799 5588.