Large boxes of food are ready to be handed out.

Organic food donated to help others

Food hampers will be delivered from now until the beginning of January.

Every year Endless Harvest, the Kootenay’s organic food home delivery service, collects monetary donations from their customers, and matches what the customers donate.

“Our customers love the program, because it’s easy to do and their money goes directly to bringing fresh, organic food to people in need in their communities,” says Velvet Kavanagh, owner of Endless Harvest.

“We donate the food to where the customer’s money comes from, so our food donations go to hamper programs and festive meals in Nelson, Castlegar, Trail, Rossland, Slocan, and the Beaver Valley. Our customers really appreciate this program, as it makes it easy for them to contribute to the lives of others in their immediate community,” explained Kavanagh.

Marya Skrypiczajko, Holiday Hamper coordinator from the Nelson Food Cupboard highlights the benefits to their program.

“Last year when we surveyed hamper recipients, they let us know that produce is the most appreciated part of the hampers and the food group they would like more of, so we were thrilled to learn Endless Harvest is eager to enable us to add more fruits and vegetables to the hampers this year.”

Holiday Hampers for the Nelson Food Cupboard were packed and distributed last week and, as always, a big team of volunteers were there to led a hand.

Endless Harvest has run the donation program every year since Kavanagh started the business 15 years ago. She said “It seemed like the right thing to do. We have the advantage of accessing produce at wholesale prices so the impact of our pooled customers’ donations and our matching donation are magnified.”

They also coordinate with farmers and suppliers who extend a discount on their regular prices to support the program.

“It’s amazing to look back and see how well its done. Now we even have people donating who aren’t regular customers who like the ease of donating through us,” noted Kavanagh. “Some customers prefer to donate one of our produce boxes. We find a person or family with the help of local agencies and give that box directly to them.”

This year Endless Harvest added a bonus to their Holiday Gift Certificates too – for every gift certificate or gift bag ordered a donation is made to the Holiday Donation Program in the recipient’s name.

There is still time to donate.

They send out the bulk of their donations the week of December 16 to 20, however there are always late contributions that come in, so more donations go out in early January.

Just Posted

U.S. Court upholds Teck ruling

Teck appealed a previous decision that the company must pay $8.25 million in the Tribes’ court costs

Home and Energy Show returns

The annual event takes place at the Prestige on Sept. 25

LETTER: Kudos to the Mural Festival

From reader Lisa Bramson

Nelson Leafs’ win marred by dangerous play

Nelson is undefeated through the first five games of the season

VIDEO: Lydia Kania is here to skunk you

The Vallican track athlete has turned to cribbage in her senior years

LGBTQ activists, allies in Victoria counter anti-SOGI protest with rally of their own

Lower Mainland activists plan to protest SOGI on legislature lawn, Sept. 29

Cities make power play for new fiscal order with eye to 2019 federal election

Trudeau ordered Champagne to talk with provinces and territories about ways to “address the timeliness of the flow of funds” to projects.

Ottawa area residents take stock of tornado rubble as Ford tours the ruins

A tornado on Friday afternoon tore roofs off of homes, overturned cars and felled power lines in the Ottawa community of Dunrobin and in Gatineau, Que.

Trudeau arrives at United Nations, hoping to re-establish Canada on world stage

Trudeau is beginning his day at the opening of the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, where he’s scheduled to deliver brief remarks later this afternoon.

B.C.’s FATSO peanut butter to appear on Dragon’s Den

The Victoria company will be featured on the Sept. 27 episode of the popular show highlighting Canadian businesses

Whitecaps see playoff dreams fade after 2-1 loss to FC Dallas

Goal in 87th minute seals Vancouver’s fate

B.C. students send books to displaced students of Hornby Island school fire

Maple Ridge elementary school teacher says students learned about acts of kindness

Most Read