Valley First

Presenting Food For All Cookbooks

Valley First and Feed the Valley partner with Penticton Food Bank to create Food For All Cookbooks
July 11, 2014

Penticton, B.C.—Valley First and Feed the Valley have partnered with the Penticton Salvation Army Food Bank to produce a set of Food For All Cookbooks-Legumes series. Launching in the next few weeks, the cookbooks are aimed at providing people with a variety of simple recipes for goods commonly received at food banks. Additionally, recipe sampling has been available at the food bank throughout the early weeks of July with the final session taking place on July 15.

In early March, Valley First employees were invited to submit recipes for the cookbook content and to take part in cooking demonstrations at the Food Bank community kitchen.

Based on food bank clients’ feedback, this set of five cookbooks focuses on recipes utilizing inexpensive, nutritious and readily accessible ingredients such as dried legumes as they are often included in the hampers that patrons receive.

“These books were produced in direct response to our clients’ feedback when we asked what their needs were,” says Barb Stewart, Program Coordinator, Salvation Army, Penticton. “Many of these clients also volunteer at our community garden so the cookbooks tie in to the food harvest. It’s all about educating individuals that it is possible to eat well on a budget, which includes growing your own food.”

Feed the Valley is a community investment program created by Valley First. The program aims to raise food, funds and awareness for food banks throughout the Okanagan, Similkameen and Thompson regions. Christa Phillips, community investment officer at Valley First says “Community partnerships such as this one allow Valley First to engage the community and bring awareness to healthy and nutritious, local food resources. We’re very proud that since its launch in March 2010, Feed the Valley has provided food banks across B.C’s Southern Interior with more than $707,000 in donations and in excess of 59,000 pounds of food thanks to the efforts of Valley First employees, members and community partners.”

The Food For All Cookbooks are available as an on-line resource. Community members can also support the Feed the Valley program by donating non-perishable food items or making cash donations at their nearest Valley First or Enderby & District Financial branch. All donations of more than $20 are tax-deductible. Donations can be made as one-time contributions, through regular, pre-authorized payments or online or through the Food Banks B.C. online donations portal.

About Valley First

Valley First is a division of First West Credit Union, B.C.'s third-largest credit union, with 38 branches and 29 insurance offices throughout the province operating under the Valley First, Envision Financial and Enderby & District Financial brands. Led by Launi Skinner, First West has $7.7 billion in assets under administration, more than 177,000 members and close to 1,300 employees.

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