New building handed over to Food Bank

On Wednesday January 6, the Lake Country Food Bank will have a new permanent home.
                After four years of research and fund-raising, the Rotary Club of Lake will hand over the keys to a new 2600 square foot warehouse and office building at 3:30 p.m. January 6.
                All the individuals and businesses who made donations of money, materials, or services have received special invitations to the handover. This notice invites all Rotarians and former Rotarians to join in the celebration.
Bob Rymarchuk, the Rotary member who has been most involved with the project from the beginning, estimates that over 250 people have made financial donations. “One donor who prefers to remain anonymous gave $50,000,” Rymarchuk says. “Our MLA Norm Letnick started us off with a personal donation of $10,000.”
                The biggest single boost to the financial campaign came from Aviva Insurance Company, when the Food Bank project won the $100,000 Grand Prize in Aviva’s Community Fund contest. Aviva has since contributed an additional $5,000 for publicity expenses.
                Other significant grants have come from organizations such as the Central Okanagan Foundation, Farm Credit Canada, and the Southern Interior Development Initiative. Ten students from Okanagan College’s Vernon campus Trades and Apprenticeship program gave an estimated 6,000 hours of labour to erect the walls and roof.
                In additional to the main floor, which will be used entirely by the Lake Country Food Bank, there is also a lower floor available for use by some other community organization.
                The transfer of ownership of the new Food Bank building was to have taken place before Christmas, as “the best Christmas present in Canada,” but was deferred when Phyllis McPherson, the original founder of the Lake Country Food Bank, died December 19th.