Annual Report 2022

Executive Director's Message
Bernadette Siracky

Reflecting on the past year, I find myself once again at the helm of our annual report, commencing with the familiar phrase, "Well – wasn't that a year." As we delve into the challenges and triumphs of the past 12 months, it becomes evident that our journey has been nothing short of extraordinary.

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President's Message
Tina Peters

What a difference a year makes! Challenges met, hard work completed and many reasons to celebrate. When I wrote our message for 2022, I truly believed that were turning a corner. The health issues surrounding the pandemic was lifting. A year later the increases in inflation and high interest rates have resulted in record numbers accessing our services.

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2022 By The Numbers

Who We're Getting Food To

General Stats


Food Drives

The spring and fall Rotary Food Drives continue to take place annually in Kamloops. Rotarians have been canvasing the entire city since 2008 to collect yellow bags of donations. Rotarians gathered 94,000 pounds of non-perishable food in 2022. This is a retail value of almost $300,000.

B-100 Basics
For Babies

Basic for Babies returned to an in-person breakfast hosted by B-100 and CFJC-Midday. The donations received at this event ensure the consistent availability of baby food, formula, diapers and hygiene products for children under the age of three.

Holiday Train

The community was ready for the CP Holiday Train's first visit in Kamloops since 2019, with the purpose of increasing awareness of Food Bank usage across the Country and encouraging financial and food donations from local individuals and businesses.

Drive Thru

The Drive Thru Breakfast took over the Cascades Casino parking lot once again this year. Local businesses and supporters of Starfish Backpacks reunited to serve breakfast wraps and other fun treats. All of the proceeds from this event go towards the Starfish Backpack program which is currently feeding 225 children weekly & ensuring they have enough food to eat over the weekend.


We provide packages of school snacks to families with school age children on a weekly basis. School snacks include healthy lunchbox additions such as granola bars and fruit cups.

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This program began as a project of the Abbotsford Rotary Club. It was brought to Kamloops in 2016 by the Rotary Club of Kamloops.

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Children under three years of age receive a monthly supply of diapers, formula, baby food and hygiene products. The availability of these items removes a large financial stressor for families and ensures that infants in our community have the nutritous food they require for healthy physical development.

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Sharing Food
Feeding Hope

We are proud to offer our clients weekly access to healthy food.

Available once per week, these hampers include items such as dairy, meat, produce, bread and premade deli meals.

Single, Couple, Family
Available once per month, these non-perishable hampers are prepared in various sizes to suit different household types and include pantry staples such as rice, noodles, soup, canned meat and canned vegetables.

High Protein, Pre/Post-Natal
Clients requiring a high protein diet as indicated by their physician receive high protein items or an increased opportunity to access perishable food items.

These hampers contain items that can be opened without a can opener and products which require minimal preparation.

foodSHARE is one of the largest food recovery programs operated by a food bank in Western Canada. We now collect all close dated perishable product including dairy, meat, bread, produce and deli items from all major grocery stores in Kamloops.

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Food Distribution


  1. 7th Day Adventist
  2. ASK Wellness (Bridgeway)
  3. ASK Wellness (Crossroads)
  4. ASK Wellness (Lamplighter)
  5. ASK Wellness (Lamplighter)
  6. ASK Wellness (Shop Program)
  7. ASK Wellness (Triple A)
  8. ASK Wellness (Family Dinner)
  9. Boys and Girls Club (Youth)
  10. Boys and Girls Club (Family Dinner)
  11. Centre for Seniors Information
  12. Child Development Centre
  13. E-Fry Family Stepping Stones
  14. E-Fry Supportive Housing
  15. Equality Project-Cache Creek
  16. Family Resource Centre
  17. GardenGate
  18. Hopewell Clinic
  19. GardenGate
  20. ICS (Babies Headstart)
  21. ICS (First Steps)
  22. ICS (Mt. Paul Food Centre)
  23. ICS (Youth Street Outreach)
  24. Interior Health (King Street)
  25. Kamloops Native Housing
  26. Lii Michif
  27. Pit Stop Meal Program
  28. River of Life
  29. Rotary Family Dinners
  30. The Blue House Meal
  31. The Loop Program
  32. The Mustard Seed
  33. The Reach Kamloops
  34. Vision Quest
  35. Out of the Cold
  36. Cooling Center
  37. Tk'emlups
  38. ESS


  1. Arthur Hatton Elementary
  2. Arthur Stevenson Elementary
  3. Beattie Elementary
  4. Brocklehurst Middle School
  5. Four Directions
  6. Kamloops Christian School
  7. Norkam Secondary
  8. Parkcrest Elementary
  9. Sahali Secondary
  10. South Kamloops Secondary
  11. Street School
  12. TREC
  13. Westsyde Secondary

Associate Member Food Banks

  1. 100 Mile House
  2. Ashcroft
  3. Barriere
  4. Chase
  5. Clearwater
  6. Lillooet
  7. Logan Lake
  8. Merritt
  9. Valemont

Retail Supporters

  1. Sarah's Independent Grocers
  2. Costco
  3. Groupo Bimbo
  4. Fresh Co.
  5. Fresh St. Market
  6. Little Caesars Northshore
  7. Little Caesars Sahali
  8. London Drugs
  9. Market Fresh
  10. Nature's Fare
  11. Nutters
  12. Safeway
  13. Save-On Brock
  14. Save-On Lansdowne
  15. Save-On Sahali
  16. Save-On Valleyview
  17. Save-On Westsyde
  18. Shoppers Drug Mart Valleyview
  19. Shoppers Drug Mart N. Shore
  20. Shoppers Drug Mart Sahali
  21. Starbucks Valleyview
  22. Swelaps Market
  23. Superstore
  24. Walmart

Welcoming Our
New Regional
Distribution Hub

Recognized as Essential Service
Covid-19 demanded a significant shift in our operations as regional, provincial, and federal governments recognized us as an ‘essential service’ for the most vulnerable in the communities we serve.

We Shifted Fast
Changing health protocols meant we modified our space, retrained staff and clients and reduced our volunteer numbers. Fundraisers went online and most importantly, we were serving individuals who had never before needed the Food Bank.

Unparalleled Need & Support
As weeks turned to months, our challenges evolved. Each met with unparalleled support. The response was like none other.

The Challenge That Remains
Despite this support, we faced a continued challenge - storage! We had been operating with multiple off-site rented storage solutions.

Directing Resources Toward Sustainable Future
Simple economics prohibits long term rental of off-site warehouse space. We must be ready for what the future brings. Solving our storage issue is part of ensuring our sustainability.

Strategic Plan 2022-2024

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It is with respect and gratitude that the Kamloops Food Bank acknowledges our presence on Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc territory situated within the unceded ancestral lands of the Secwépemc Nation. We are committed to learning and working towards reconciliation along with fostering a culture of respect and equality for all.

We are closed Today - Nov 7 due to treacherous road conditions.