Generous donations support Kootenay Kids food programs

BC Government Retired Employees Association and the Hume Hotel contribute to kids’ programs

Kootenay Kids Society staff Helen Lutz, Jen Gawan, and Nicole Purvis received a cheque from BC Government Retired Employees Association members Alex Wallach, Janet Leahy, and Gerry Melnechuk. Photo submitted

Submitted by Kootenay Kids

Donations from the BC Government Retired Employees Association and the Hume Hotel will support Kootenay Kids staff to continue delivering high quality food and programs to children and families in Nelson and area.

Kootenay Kids Society is a multi-service non-profit society with a 40-year history of supporting families and young children in Nelson and area. Recognizing that all families need support and community, Family Place staff offer free drop-in programs, educational series, parent support programs, free food, clothing and toys.

Kootenay Kids Society combines much of its programming with simple and nourishing meals for young children and families.

“Enjoying meals together helps families to build community with each other. It can help reduce some of the isolation associated with being a parent of young children,” says executive director Helen Lutz.

As the past chair of Kootenay Kids Society, and a current board member for the BC Government Retired Employees Association, Janet Leahy knows exactly how vital food is to the successful delivery of programs and services for families.

“I encourage everyone to consider a charitable donation to Kootenay Kids Society. I’m proud to be the first sustaining donor at KKS and invite others to join me. All donations will go a long way towards supporting the well being of children and families. Thanks to Ryan Martin at the Hume Hotel for their donation to Kootenay Kids too.”

For more information about Kootenay Kids Society, to get involved as a volunteer, or to make a donation during this giving season, go to or email Helen at

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