People visiting the food centre on Monday mornings and Wednesday afternoons this month will get to choose from a variety of specialty items. Photo submitted

Nelson Community Food Centre celebrates with Festive Food Days

The idea is to share healthful, festive food over the holidays with people not able to afford it.

Submitted by Nelson Community Food Centre

For the third year, the Nelson Community Food Centre is celebrating the season with Festive Food Days. The idea is to share healthful, festive food over the first three weeks of December with people who might not otherwise be able to afford it.

People visiting the food centre on Monday mornings and Wednesday afternoons will get to choose from a variety of specialty items. In the food department, there are things like olive oil, cheese, butter, poultry, dried fruit, nuts and more. Generous donators have also provided wool socks, neck gaiters and the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy is offering new books (wrapped if you want them). By spreading out the goodies over several weeks, the intention is to help as many people as possible, for as long as possible.

During this holiday period, visitors to the food centre will also be invited to warm up and have a seat at cafe tables and enjoy a tasty snack, a cup of warm tea, and perhaps a chat with a neighbour.

If you are low on funds this holiday season, you are invited to visit the food centre on Monday mornings or Wednesday afternoons until Dec. 18. Note also that the centre is hosting a Solstice Dinner on Dec. 19. If you’d like to attend the dinner, call 250-354-1633 to RSVP.

The food centre is looking for donations to help this program bring some happiness into the holiday season for our community. You may have seen posters around town — here are the numbers: $60 provides for a single person, $150 provides for a small family and $250 provides for a large family.

For more information about how your donation will be put to good use, call Andrew Creighton at 250-551-0305. To drop off a donation or say hello, you are invited to visit the food centre at 602 Silica St., Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and all Wednesday afternoons, until Dec. 19. Visit their website at to learn more.

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