FEED THE VALLEY

Raising food, funds and awareness for hunger in our communities.

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Valley First is committed to making a real difference in the financial lives of our members and a meaningful difference in our local communities. That’s why we launched Feed the Valley in March 2010, an innovative community partnership aimed at tackling hunger in the Okanagan, Similkameen and Thompson valleys.

Last year 124,713 British Columbians accessed their local food bank, 29.5% of whom were children.

Get involved today. It's easy and will make an incredible difference in the lives of children and families right here at home!


Wondering how you can help?

Join us in reducing hunger in your local community by supporting Feed The Valley. Drop off non-perishable food items or make a cash donation at any Valley First or Enderby & District Financial branch. Donate now online with our community partner, Food Banks BC. 100% of your donation will support your local food bank.

The great thing about Feed The Valley is that all food and funds collected in your community STAY in your community - and THAT'S a great way to ensure every penny counts.


Together we can make a difference in the lives of children and families in our communities. Join us with your support — donate online or in branch today.

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Learn More About Feed The Valley


Feed the Valley impact

Valley First and Enderby & District Financial are dedicated to raising food, funds and awareness about the critical issue of hunger in our communities. Feed The Valley is an innovative community-based program designed to engage employees, members, community partners and local businesses to join us and support our local food banks.

In 2019, over $329,920 was raised and over 11,207 pounds of food was collected by our employees, members and community partners. Since launching Feed The Valley in March 2010, with the help of our employees, members and community partners, $2,265,042 has been donated to local food banks serving communities where Valley First operates.

Thank you to all our community partners who continue to make Feed The Valley a successful program. If you’d like to partner with Feed The Valley and help support our local food banks, email us at community@valleyfirst.com, we’ll be happy to hear from you. 

Making donations to Feed The Valley

We’re proud to partner with Food Banks BC to process your online donation. 100% of your donation goes directly to your selected food bank.

We know that there are some food banks throughout our region that may not always receive donations. So we established the “Unspecified partner food bank”. On a quarterly basis, Food Banks BC will let us know which food bank(s) received the least amount of donations; we’ll divide up any funds and ensure that all communities in our region are supported by Feed The Valley.

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FAQs

Where does the money I donate go?
It goes to the local food bank you specify. That way, the money you donate in your community STAYS in your community. Too often, charitable causes take funds and they go into a giant pot somewhere, but the impact isn’t seen at the local level. Feed the Valley works because it’s a local movement.

Can I donate to more than one food bank?
Yes! Because the program allows you to choose which food bank your donation will benefit, you can certainly donate to more than one!

Can I donate on a regular basis?
Of course! You can set up a pre-authorized contribution to the food bank of your choice – in an amount and frequency that you set up. So – if you want to donate $20 each payday, and you get paid every other Friday, just tell us—we’ll take care of the rest!

What if I don't bank with Valley First—can I still donate?
Absolutely! Just come into any Valley First/Enderby & District Financial branch to make a cash donation, or donate online with our community partner, Food Banks BC.

How do I get a tax receipt?
If you donate online, you’ll receive your charitable tax receipt immediately from Food Banks BC. We’ve covered all administration fees so 100% of your donation will directly impact your chosen food bank. Cash donations of $20 or more, made at any Valley First branch, will receive a tax receipt from your selected food bank on a bi-annual basis. In the case of pre-authorized donations, you may receive a receipt at the end of the year, in time to use on your tax return.

On your donation page what does “Unspecified partner food bank” mean?
Donors who want to contribute to Feed the Valley but who may not have a preference of food bank recipient, can chose this category. On a quarterly basis, Food Banks BC will let us know which food bank(s) received the least amount of donations. We’ll divide up the unspecified funds equitably—it helps to ensure that all communities are supported by Feed the Valley.

Why was Feed the Valley set up?
To tackle the enormous problem of hunger in our community!

Contact us

How can we help you? Valley First’s Community Investment team is always available to answer your questions or take your call.

Email
community@valleyfirst.com

Phone
Meg Racine
Marketing & Community Specialist
250-488-5447

Mail
Feed the Valley - Valley First
184 Main Street
Penticton, BC V2A 8G7

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