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Penticton’s Feed the Valley drive to support Ooknakane Friendship Centre

All donations will go to support the local Indigenous Friendship Centre
Over 1,300 pounds of food and $2,300 in cash were raised in a previous Penticton’s Junior Chamber International (JCI) Valley Food Drive. The drive returns on May 25 to Penticton’s Cherry Lane Mall from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)

The annual Valley Food Drive returns for its seventh year in Penticton on Saturday, May 25.

The tents will return to Cherry Lane Shopping Centre’s parking lot from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Penticton’s community food drive.

This year’s recipient for donations is the Ooknakane Friendship Centre, based in Penticton.

“We chose the Ooknakane Friendship Centre because of their dedication to their mission to deliver accessible programs and services that support Indigenous peoples living in urban areas and away from home to achieve their vision of health, wellness, and prosperity,’” reads a press release from JCI Penticton.

Past food drives have raised thousands of pounds of food for local organizations. The drive also collects donated hygiene products as well.

READ ALSO: Penticton JCI Valley Food Drive returns April 22

Donations of non-perishable food items and monetary contributions are both appreciated. A list of the following items are considered the most needed:

• Non-perishable pasta

• Pasta sauce

• Rice

• Water

• Juice

• Canned fruits

• Canned vegetables

• Oatmeal

• Kid snacks

• Canned proteins

• Beans

• Soup

“During the difficult times with the increased cost of living, specifically the cost of food, we want to make a positive impact in the community,” said the JCI.

This year, JCI Penticton has partnered with Total Restoration to transport all the donations as well as provide a bin for donations leading up to the Saturday drive.

Other businesses who want to contribute can contact the food drive’s committee chair Kriss Campbell at to set up a box for donations at their own business.

Brennan Phillips

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