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Saturday, September 19, 2020

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Adopt a Family!


Every year during the month of December, a sense of hope and joy abruptly and fearlessly blossoms and before we know it, Christmas is upon us. Suddenly, an energetic spirit overcomes us and a sense of camaraderie and goodwill touches all. Sadly, Christmas is not a happy time for everyone. While the streets may be filled with joy, many parents worry about how they will provide for their family and have little hope for creating happy memories for their children. You can change this by adopting a family in need this Christmas, you will bring hope and joy into the hearts of children and their families and create a holiday filled with lasting memories. Show a struggling family that you care. Adopt a family in need this year and renew faith in the kindness of strangers.

What does it take to sponsor a family?

We ask that if you would like to sponsor a family please fill out this application and return it to the Food Bank office at 2026 Quilchena Avenue, Merritt by November 15, 2019. Once you identify your interest we will match you with an appropriate sized family and pass that information back to you in order for you to begin the shopping fun as soon as possible. We ask that each sponsored family receives enough food to provide a wholesome holiday meal for all individuals as well as a gift for each member of the family. When individuals register with our program they are given an opportunity to provide an idea of their general interests, some food preferences and clothing sizes and that information will be passed on to sponsor families to make this an easy and positive experience for all. If you find you have a large group of individuals wanted to get involved we recommend adopting multiple families rather than providing and extra-large hamper to some families while others receive smaller ones.

Hockey with Heart Food Drive!

Hockey with Heart Food Drive

Sunday, December 2nd, 2018

Hockey with Heart Food Drive is an annual community fundraising event in support of the Nicola Valley Food Bank. The date for this year is yet to be determined.

We would like to thank all those who donate their time as well as those who donate food, gifts, ornaments, and money.  

We are currently seeking a location large enough for us to sort all the product once the items are collected. If you can help with that, please call Derlanda at 250-378-2282.

We appreciate all the help and would especially like to thank the teams at Century 21 Moving Real Estate and the Merritt Centennials for all they do in the planning stages as well as the day of the event.  Merritt is lucky to have these teams playing for us!!!!    


Sponsored by:


cents                    c21 merritt 



Farmers Market Coupon Program

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This program is made available to our community through the generous support from the BC Association of Farmers Markets and the Province of BC.   During each Farmers Market season coupons booklets worth $21 / week are made available to households that fit into the program demographic.  These coupons are then taken to the market and spent simular to cash on fruit, vegetables, and other items allowed within the program.  

In addition to the provincial partners we also have local partners including Merritt Youth and Families, the Conayt Society, and our local Infant Development Team.  These partners help us to identify families that would benefit from this program, assist in food related training, and also assist in the allocation of the coupons if those families don't regularily access food bank services.   We thank them for their partnerships because when we all work together our whole community benefits. 


** income levels for this program are based on the Stats Canada LICOs income levels rather than our lower local food bank income levels.  If you are interested in finding out more information on this please access the links below or call and speak to a volunteer for clarification.





Merritt Youth and Family Resources   http://www.merrittfamilyresources.com/

The Conayt Friendship Center           http://www.conayt.com/

Nicola Valley Infant Develop Team     http://www.idpofbc.ca/

Cold Weather Clothing Program

We are now accepting donations of cold weather clothing for those who need it in our community.  These items include items like: jackets, ski pants, gloves, socks, toques, hats, scarves, snow suits, big sweaters and blankets and can be donated at the food bank during business hours, or at our local donation bins located at Extra Foods.  Those needing something can attend to the food bank during business hours to check our inventory for suitable items. 


We thank you for all your donations.  

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PO Box 2719
2026 Quilchena Ave.
Merritt, BC
V1K 1B8

PHONE: 250.378.2282