Last week, bread was becoming an issue with Highway 1 closed and no shipments coming through. Manager Vahlleri Semeniuk then had a timely call from COBS Bread in Vernon. Owners Heather and Sean Hilton were looking to donate bread. They’re dedicated to helping evacuees.
“Isn’t that just a godly thing?” Semeniuk says. “We were wondering where our bread’s going to come from. She phones and says she has all this bread from Vernon.”
COBS Bread continues to donate bread products to the effort.
Second Harvest is also accepting donations of snacks, fruit and vegetables for evacuees staying in hotels, as most will be eating in restaurants.
The food bank also provides pet food, in conjunction with the Shuswap SPCA.
Because Second Harvest normally provides food to about 275 families each week, she suggests that evacuees phone her directly so they can be helped immediately.
The food bank number is 250-833-4011 and her office is 250-253-7270.
In addition to drop-offs, Semeniuk says she will take
donations of vegetables and other foods anytime, if people wish to call.
Regular food bank hours are Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and Fridays from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The address is 360-B Alexander St. NE, on the lane side of the Salmar Classic theatre.
It’s all about helping the community, she emphasizes.
“That’s what we’re here for.”
Salmon Arm’s Second Harvest manager Vahlleri Semeniuk happily wheels in bread donated by COBS Bread in Vernon.
Heather Hilton from COBS Bread in Vernon unloads loaves to be used to feed evacuees in Salmon Arm.