Submitted by Katrina Chapman

With Christmas just around the corner, the notion of giving is top of mind for many. 

The Columbia Valley Food Bank (CVFB) has launched a Virtual Food Drive (VFD) to make giving easier this holiday season. If you plan to host a Christmas party with friends, family or staff, consider inviting them to bring food bank donations. Posters for your Christmas party fundraiser are available at the food bank in Invermere. Visit to start your own food bank fundraiser or to donate directly to the CVFB team account.

You can donate directly to our VFD team account or start your own VFD to track how much you’ve brought in to support our neighbours in need. All donations over $20 will receive a direct-to-email, automatic tax receipt. 

Donations can be made at all local grocers in Invermere or the Radium Public Library. To make a donation at the food bank you can visit us during our donation hours on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon or call Katrina at 250-342-0850 to arrange a time. Hamper distribution hours are 12:30 to 2 p.m Tuesday and Thursday.

We will be closed the week of December 23 to 30, except for Thursday, December 28 from 1 to 2 p.m. for hamper distribution.

Our thanks go out to this generous community for the donations you continuously provide. Compared to 2022, our client base has increased by almost 15 per cent with a nearly 45 per cent increase in hampers distributed. Your contributions to our work means the world to those we serve, and to the leadership team and volunteers of the Columbia Valley Food Bank. Thank you for helping us continue to achieve our vision of relieving hunger in the Columbia Valley. Happy holidays to all!

 (Katrina Chapman is the executive director of the Columbia Valley Food Bank.)