With the holidays come and gone, the Nelson Community Food Centre has some amazing fundraising numbers to share. In the time leading up to the holidays, $150,000 was donated through a total of 487 donations.
Of the donors, 175 people were making a first-time contribution to the community food centre.
Some of the donations were from companies or organizations, but the vast majority came from individual donors. These numbers smash all past records. Though many people gave significant amounts, three individuals’ initiative and creativity brought in almost $10,000 (or more than $3,000 each). Dorothy Hall ran an auction on social media, Liz Babcock sold COVID masks (online and elsewhere) and Jana Cook hosted a matching funds campaign.
Though COVID-19 makes creating opportunities for people facing adversity to share, connect and advocate around good food more difficult than usual, the success of recent fundraising will make program delivery easier.
It also helps the organization meet a significant increase in need, indicated by the more than 1,200 bags of groceries going out in December alone. To see what the community food centre staff and volunteers are doing these days, visit nelsoncfc.ca as well as the Good Food Bank, explore Kids Club programs and the YouTube cooking channel.