Rotary Club nourishes families
Okanagan Edge Staff - Apr 26, 2021 - Get Involved

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(L to R): Childhood Connections program co-ordinator Nicole Hoodicoff, West Kelowna Daybreak Rotary Club director Garry Wittich and WKDRC past president Stephen Maser.

A program to help families get through the COVID-19 pandemic will be able to continue thanks to the West Kelowna Daybreak Rotary Club.

The club raised $5,000 over the last year and has donated that amount to the Nourish Families Initiative, which was created by Childhood Connections Okanagan Families & Childcare Society.

“We know that there are many families struggling with food insecurity and making ends meet as a result of COVID-19 pandemic,” Childhood Connections executive director Melissa Hunt said in a press release. “And before COVID-19, many of these families would have been supported at family resource program drop-in groups, but unfortunately many of these programs have had to temporarily close their doors respecting the provincial health orders.

“We are concerned that these families aren’t getting checked in on and that their children will not be developing at the appropriate rate. So this funding from the West Kelowna Daybreak Rotary Club is so vital for us to help staff the program to help us get these families connected to our programs and services, and keep their children’s development on track.”

The Nourish Families Initiative supports families with a weekly visit from a family support worker who delivers a locally made meal, fresh bread and produce, and children’s resources such as toys and activity bags.

“We really like that the program has a sustainable model that involves the community to support it by purchasing meals from restaurants in Kelowna and West Kelowna,” West Kelowna Daybreak Rotary director of giving Garry Wittich said. “We have club members who own and operate restaurants on the Westside, and it’s great that they can be supported too with this program. I can buy a meal off their website, and that will then generate a meal for a family who might not be able to afford one.

“It’s great way to give back, and I don’t have to cook on Thursday nights, and the volunteers deliver my meal right to my door in West Kelowna. It’s great!”

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