Couple healthier due to food bank
Editor’s note: The following is a firstperson account by an individual who is helped by the Salvation Army food bank, the recipient of this year’s Be an Angel campaign. To donate, visit the Herald office, 101-186 Nanaimo Ave. W., between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit www.pentictonherald.ca.
Istarted going to the food bank five years ago and met my partner there. We have continued to use the food bank as both of us are on disability and find the cost of food so expensive.
My partner was diagnosed with cancer recently, and the doctor told him that he needs to eat lots of fresh vegetables and fruit. The food bank has fresh produce in the summer from the community garden, and it has benefited both of us so much in our health.
The fresh food has made such a huge difference in how we both feel. There is no way we could afford the food normally, and so the food bank has helped us stay as healthy as we can on a limited budget.
I started volunteering at the community garden every Tuesday during the spring and summer, and watered the gardens in the evenings and then started weeding, harvesting and pruning after they put in the automatic sprinklers.
I have met so many nice people there and even when I was not feeling up to gardening was invited to just come and sit at the table in the garden and visit with others. There is a real camaraderie with the people at the gardens, and it has benefited us so much.