FED (Feed Enderby & District) is a food bank serving Enderby, BC and the nearby rural area. Our mission is to provide food to people and families who are food-insecure — who may be hungry, or unable to put nutritious food on the table. Some food recipients have a short-term problem — loss of a job, sickness, an unexpected move — and need temporary help to get them through a rough spot. Others have longer term needs. Whatever the need, people at FED will do their best to help.
During a typical year, FED serves about 180 households. About 100 households (including around 200 people) collect food in any given month.
At present, FED distributes most of each month’s food during two distribution days. In between, we provide emergency hampers for people with sudden unforeseen needs on a limited basis.
What kinds of food are distributed? In a typical month there will be:
- fresh food (for example potatoes, carrots, apples, onions)
- dairy (milk, cheese, margarine, yogurt . . .) and eggs
- meat (mostly frozen)
- dry staples (rice, flour, oatmeal, pasta, sugar)
- canned good (vegetables, fruit, pasta sauce, baked beans . . .)
There are some special food items distributed just before Christmas, and during the harvest season we often have locally grown produce.
The amount of food received depends on household size. It’s usually enough food for about ten days, so it’s a supplement to food that recipients buy, grow or receive elsewhere.
We strongly encourage people not to wait until they are in desperate need before coming to the food bank. If you would like to become part of the FED community, all you need to do is call for an appointment. The phone (250-938-3114) is answered 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday through Friday. We’ll talk over your situation, and together we’ll make a plan.
The food that FED distributes is all provided by donors in the community. We particularly welcome cash donations, because we can buy exactly what we need when we need it, and get it at very good prices. But we also gratefully receive food we receive from fund raisers, food drives, and individual donors. So many people in the community have pulled together to make FED work. Donors can be confident that they are making a real difference to people right here in the Enderby area.