Food bank steps up with holiday foods and friendship dinner

Cawston/Keremeos food bank holding Christmas meal December 20.

A loss of a job. A sudden illness. A financial mistake.

That’s all it takes to go from having enough to live to not.

“It could be anyone that needs help. If you lost your job, you lost your pay check it could be you,” Lawrence Wallace of the Cawston/Keremeos food bank said.

Food bank volunteers are rallying extra hard this year to help the area’s most in need have a good holiday season.

With the closure of the Christmas Hamper program because of lack of volunteers the food bank has tasked itself with collecting extra food for those that use the food bank in December.

Included at the December food bank date of December 17 will be items needed to put on a Christmas meal including in many cases turkeys and stuffing, potatoes and many other food items.

A Friendship Dinner is also being put on by many of the volunteers at the food bank on December 20 at 1 p.m.

The holiday dinner has been going on for several years and is expected to attract over 60 people this year.

“We do a meal with all the trimmings and then everyone who comes gets a gift. The business owners have been very generous. It’s been overwhelming,” Wallace said.

Anyone who is in need of a warm meal and camaraderie is welcome at the dinner being held at 2334 Newton Road in Cawston.

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