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Posted: January 19, 2021

Cranbrook Food Bank Society gets funding boost

The Cranbrook Food Bank Society is receiving $250,000 from the B.C. Community Gaming Grants program.

The funds will be used for the construction of a new facility to support food distribution in the region. The building will be shared with two other local not-for-profits – Cranbrook Food Recovery and Farm Kitchen.

“We are extremely grateful for this construction grant supporting our new facility designed for safe, efficient food recovery, storage and distribution to those who need it. Our clients and community will reap the benefits of two food security-focused organizations sharing one space, instead of the current three,” said Deanna Kemperman, Cranbrook Food Bank Society coordinator.

The funding announcement came in concert with five others throughout the province.

“This has been an extremely difficult time for people throughout B.C., and these organizations have been working tirelessly in their communities to ensure people have access to healthy food,” said Josie Osborne, Minster of Municipal Affairs. “We are here to support British Columbians through this critical time, and this capital project funding will help them reach more people and is another way we can work with our community partners as we get through this together.”

As a part of the 2020-21 capital project grant program, six community organizations are receiving a total of more than $1.13 million to help them deliver food security programs to more people and expand food distribution.

“This past year has shown us how much British Columbians rely on non-profit organizations for services and supports during tough times,” said Niki Sharma, Parliamentary Secretary for Community Development and Non-Profits. “While we work on B.C.’s economic recovery, it is incredibly important we ensure these vital organizations are supported and some of our most vulnerable people are not left behind.”

Each year, $5 million in capital project funding from the Community Gaming Grants program is targeted to help not-for-profit organizations build or upgrade community facilities and infrastructure, and update technology and equipment for programs.

This year, 53 not-for-profit organizations are receiving capital project grants through the Community Gaming Grants program. The full list of all capital projects funded this year will be released in the coming days. Since 2017, the capital project sector has helped 285 not-for-profit organizations in 92 communities buy equipment and make renovations essential to their operations.


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