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Increased demand for the services of the Kelowna Food Bank were met by the community during the food bank’s annual Christmas campaign.

This season, the Kelowna Food Bank distributed 757 hampers, serving 1,484 individuals – 534 were children and 94 were seniors.

This is a 34% increase from last year, says Vonnie Lavers, KFB executive director.

She says to meet increasing demand, KFB set a goal of 500,000 pounds in food and $400,000 in cash donations for winter.

“Thankfully, the spirit of giving is alive in the Central Okanagan. Hundreds of businesses, schools, individuals, and groups gave generously this season,” says Lavers.

She says they were able to raise $578,000 in food and $344,000 in cash.

“Donations came in from everywhere, in every size, and in every form whether through food or cash donations, providing toys and gifts for the Christmas store, or through volunteering with us at this busy time of year.”

The Kelowna Food Bank, located at 1265 Ellis Street, is open for donations Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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