The Boundary Community Food Bank is a 100% volunteer-run organization that is 100% supported by donations from our community. Located in Grand Forks, B.C., we provide food support for residents in need in the Boundary region, serving the area from Christina Lake in the east, to Rock Creek, Bridesville and Beaverdell in the west.
Our clients are a diverse group, including seniors, families and individuals. We help the working poor, the disabled, single parents, seniors, children and others. Homeless people make up only a small percentage of our clientele. All our clients allocate a portion of their limited resources towards food, but they may need assistance in meeting all of their food needs. The Food Bank provides clients with enough food for their family for up to 5 to 7 days during a month. Some clients only use our services during winter months, when heating bills are high. Others are one time users when they are between jobs. This is particularly true for our senior or disabled clients, who live on fixed pension income.
Many people are under the misconception that once people start receiving help from the Food Bank, they are clients for life. We collect statistics of client use and find that, while we do have some longer term clients, most of people we serve do not visit the food bank every month and the majority require our help for about 2 years before we no longer see them.
Many people also don’t know that we also support other organizations within the community. Our mandate is to get food to those who need it, not just those people who use the Food Bank directly. This includes providing bread for the school breakfast programs, food for women in need at the Women’s Resource Centre/Transition House, and sandwiches, meat and produce for lunch programs run by various organization.
2020-21 Board of Directors
|Vice President||Janet Thorpe|
|Inventory Coordinator||Lynda Hynes|
|Volunteer Coordinator||Gail Harrison|