A $250,000 grant from Columbia Basin Trust will assist Nelson Community Food Centre in renovating the Nelson United Church. Photo submitted

Columbia Basin Trust grants $250K to Nelson Food Centre

The money will be used to help renovate Nelson United Church’s lower hall

The Columbia Basin Trust has granted the Nelson Community Food Centre (formerly the Nelson Food Cupboard) a significant sum to help renovate the Nelson United Church’s lower hall.

The Trust’s $250,000 will go toward creating a more welcoming and functional space for program participants — as well as volunteers and staff — of the food centre’s Good Food Bank, garden, food skills and harvest rescue programs. Phase one of the renovations will see new windows, floors and ceiling, as well as upgraded office and volunteer spaces.

The food centre has already raised a good portion of the funds required for this renovation project. Support has come from individual donors, local businesses and foundations, the TASK group and community food centres Canada. The sizeable grant from the Trust means that the funding goal is well within reach.

“The Trust has supported our organization, in various ways, for the last 12 years,” said the centre’s executive director, Marya Skrypiczajko.

“We look at this significant grant as an endorsement of what we do, from a funder that has done so much for people across the Columbia Basin. We are looking forward to our space getting a significant ‘spruce up’ and we sincerely thank the Trust for helping us make it happen.”

The Food Centre has been serving the people of Nelson and area for more than 15 years. The organization’s approach is centred on providing positive social environments where people can access, share, grow, learn about and advocate for good food — all with a sense of dignity. The centre’s long-term programming provides lasting positive impacts that empower people.

“Residents have told us that improving access to healthy food, food recovery and food sustainability is important to them,” said Aimee Ambrosone, director, delivery of benefits at Columbia Basin Trust.

“The diverse programs offered by the Nelson Community Food Centre support individuals and families experiencing affordability and food access issues and ultimately increase quality of life for residents.”

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