The Wholesome Kimberley Meals Restoration Depot celebrates fourth birthday

The Wholesome Kimberley Meals Restoration Depot celebrates fourth birthday

This month marks 4 years for the reason that Wholesome Kimberley Meals Restoration Depot first opened its doorways in November, 2018.

Since then, this system has diverted over 305,000 kilos of meals deemed “not match to eat” away from the landfill, with 80 per cent deemed edible and distributed via the neighborhood and the remaining 15 per cent despatched to native farms.

Shannon Gray Duncan mentioned that it’s “humbling” trying again on how the Depot’s actions have advanced over the previous 4 years.

For instance, within the first 12 months of operations, a median of 2580 kilos was recovered with 80 volunteer hours and 60 paid hours every month. Now in a month their meals restoration and meal applications common 10,000 kilos of recovered meals, 1000 servings of lovingly-prepared meals, 275 volunteer hours and 220 paid hours.

Gray Duncan mentioned that constructing and nourishing relationships with volunteers, businesses, meals donors, funders and most of the people has been important to this exponential success.

Their recovered meals and frozen meals are distributed each week to twenty completely different company companions together with the Kimberley Serving to Palms Meals Financial institution, household and being pregnant outreach applications, native faculties, seniors applications, church buildings and neighborhood teams.

Since April 2020, the city-owned Centennial Industrial Kitchen, as a part of their Frozen Meal Program, has ready 30,000 meal servings, that are distributed to susceptible neighborhood members.

“Accessing meals via Wholesome Kimberley has led to the creation of a weekly meal supply service,” mentioned Cathy Korven, Seniors Serving to Seniors coordinator. “Most of our individuals are aged of us. This program has helped us to make sure they’re getting healthful meals and are checked in on usually. It additionally makes everybody really feel cared for and comforted to see a well-known face at their door.”

Surplus meals is made out there to everybody at Open to Public each Friday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. There isn’t any cost to organizations or people for recovered meals, although donations are welcomed.

Through the winter holidays they ramp up, including extra Open to Public Instances, on Tuesdays December 20 and 27 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

It’s additionally been a 12 months for the reason that program relocated inside the Well being Centre constructing, bringing new life to the unique cafeteria of the Kimberley Hospital, and plans are in progress for recreating a business kitchen on website, which is able to enhance meal manufacturing and alternatives for meals literacy programming.

The help of the Kimberley Well being Centre Society and the Metropolis of Kimberley has supported the power’s wants by subsidizing rental charges.

Moreover, by partnering with the Kimberley Edible Backyard and Greenhouse Society, Wildsight Kimberley/Cranbrook and yard and farm harvest recoveries, Wholesome Kimberley recovered over 10,000 kilos of locally-grown meals over the rising season.

In addition they launched a brand new initiative that collects pumpkins after Halloween to donate to farms for animal feed and compost. This alone diverted 1000 extra kilos from the landfill.

“To take care of the regular enhance in exercise and proceed to satisfy rising wants, we’re working to diversify our funding to extend sustainability in order that we might be more and more efficient, responsive and focused in supporting our neighborhood,” Duncan Gray mentioned.

“Virtually all operational prices have been lined up thus far by grants. We’re grateful for this help and can proceed to rely closely on these funders. As well as, we’re reaching out to our neighborhood for help.”

To help the Wholesome Kimberley Meals Restoration Depot or Meal Program you may make cheques out to Kimberley Wellness Basis, the registered charity’s authorized identify. They supply tax receipts and settle for money or cheque donations on website.

On-line donations might be made via The Depot’s web site is

Wholesome Kimberley is at present in search of new, engaged board members, notably to interchange their outgoing treasurer, offering help for Meals Restoration and different initiatives.

For those who’re taken with getting concerned, you’ll be able to contact Shannon at 250-427-7981

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The Wholesome Kimberley Meals Restoration Depot celebrates fourth birthday

Loaded baked potatoes from Wholesome Kimberley’s meal program. Picture submitted.

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