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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Additional Programs

Christmas 2020 - Adopt a Family!

The first ten months of 2020 has been unlike any other that we have ever known as a society, as a community.

Covid-19 has challenged us at times, we are thankful for the overwhelming support from our local grocery stores, Food Banks BC, Food Banks Canada, The Provincial Government, The Government of Canada, and of course the Nicola Valley Food Banks hero, Darius Sam. There are so many other donors that have made it possible for us to get through this trying time and we are at a point that we can continue to provide our services each week.

Christmas this year, will be more challenging for us.  Due to our extremely limited space, last year, we offered the non-for-profit Daycares to come and pick out toys that they felt the children would play and interact with.  We were happy to donate the toys back out to our community partners.

This year, due to Covid-19, we are unsure if the Merritt Fire Department will be able to do their annual Toy Box drive, the Merritt Stockcar Association was not able to hold their annual toy drive or food drive, the Thanksgiving Food Drive that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints host each year has been postponed, and The Hockey With Heart Food Drive is also up in the air.

The foodbank and our clients are appreciative of all the sponsors from past years. Your generosity truly makes a difference to the families you have helped, and we hope you are able to join our program again this year. We welcome any new organizations, businesses or individuals who would like to contribute to make a family‚Äôs Christmas merry and bright.  

If sponsoring a family or senior this year is of interest to you, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application and we will match you with one of our many families who are facing food insecurity this holiday season.

Thank you for helping spread Christmas Spirit!

Hockey with Heart Food Drive!

Hockey with Heart Food Drive


Update: This year, due to Covid-19, we are unsure if the Hockey With Heart Food Drive will proceed. We will keep you posted.

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:


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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

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