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Donation FAQ's

  • Donation FAQ's

    The Central Okanagan Food Bank is a non-government funded, non-profit organization which relies on public donations, corporate partnerships, as well as public and private grants. Please click here for more information about our supporters (pls link to meet our supporters).

    The Central Okanagan Food Bank prides itself on ensuring that the largest possible amount of donations will be used to directly support people affected by food insecurity. We operate with 15 staff members spread over two locations and rely on over 30 volunteers per day to help us in our cause to fight hunger.

    As a result, our administrative and fundraising costs are some of the lowest in Canada. 96 cents from each dollar donated to the Central Okanagan Food Bank goes toward Food & Programming.

    Be sure to include your first and last name. Once your payment has been processed you will receive a confirmation by email. Once your donation has been processed by the Central Okanagan Food Bank you will receive a second email which is your charitable tax receipt for your taxes. Please allow 6-8 weeks for processing.

    Charitable #: 10756 1862 RR 0001

    Most donations to Food Banks are ‘non-perishable’ such as canned or dried foods. While important staples, they just can’t provide the full nutritional balance needed – particularly for babies and children in their developing years or seniors with special dietary needs.

    For every $1 donated, the Central Okanagan Food Bank can provide up to $3 worth of food. We are able to stretch our donor dollar further than the average shopper due to our partnerships with local, provincial, and national food retail chains, as well as through our Food Recovery Program.

    While many people find donating online to be more secure and convenient than other methods, we can also accept Credit Card donations by phone or drop-in. However, there are many other ways to give a gift of support to the Central Okanagan Food Bank. Please click here to learn more.

    Please contact us to request a copy of your receipt. Please provide us with your full name, mailing address, as well as the amount and method of the donation.

    Please note that receipts for monthly donations are sent in January of each year.

    Please Contact Us. Please provide us with your full name, mailing address, as well as the amount of the donation, to ensure your request will be handled as quickly as possible.

    Many local grocery stores have a Central Okanagan Food Bank donation bin. For your convenience, you may donate while shopping at Save-On Foods, Urban Fare, IGA, Costco, Superstore and Peter’s Your Independent Grocer.

    Or, donations can be dropped off at one of our two locations. To view our locations and hours, please click here.

    We accept all non-perishables in their original, unopened packaging. We also accept perishable items such as fresh vegetables or frozen items. Please see a staff member with any perishable donations.

    We also accept hygiene items, toiletries, and baby essentials.

    Unfortunately, we cannot accept the following items due to Health & Safety concerns:

    • Opened food items
    • Expired products (different from Best Before)
    • Home-cooked food items
    • Household Goods
    • Furniture
    • Clothing

    We are committed to a community where no one goes hungry, and this includes our houseless neighbors. We provide food support to approximately 20 street level outreach agencies and through them we can extend our reach and serve those who are the most vulnerable in our community.

If you have not found your answer below, please contact us at 250-763-7161 or info@cofoodbank.com. We’ll respond to you as soon as possible.
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