Wildsight Elk Valley Nearing $5000 Goal to Give the Gift of Local Food to Community Members in Need

Generous residents and visitors of the Elk Valley donated over $3,500 in December to provide local food to community members in need. Wildsight Elk Valley’s “Feed the Need” fundraiser is now nearing its $5,000 goal, which would provide Local Store gift cards to 50 low-income households in the Elk Valley in 2024, enabling low-income families and individuals to purchase fresh, local food from the Local Store.

Food insecurity is a challenge for many households in the Elk Valley. According to Food Banks BC, food bank visits have increased 31% since 2019, and 30% of all food bank users are children. As household costs have risen with inflation in recent years, fresh, nutritious food has become increasingly out of reach for many.

The fundraiser was inspired by Local’s successful Second Harvest program in 2022, during which $18,000 worth of local food was distributed to 150 vulnerable families and individuals in the Elk Valley. The project was funded by a grant from Second Harvest, Canada’s largest food rescue charitable organization.

Local is a social enterprise local food store run by Wildsight Elk Valley, located in the heart of downtown Fernie. Local provides a storefront and online store for farmers and local food producers to sell their products, and enables customers to access fresh and nutritious local food year-round. Since opening in late 2020 Local has supported over 80 small local farms and food producers, and now serves over 700 customers per month on average.

Wildsight Elk Valley would like to thank the incredible Elk Valley community for their generosity, which will make such a difference to their neighbors in 2024.

To help reach the $5,000 goal please visit wildsight.ca/feedtheneed or Local at 632 2nd Ave in Fernie to donate or learn more. Tax receipts are available.