About Us

Our History

Serving Cranbrook Since 1982

The Food Bank started in Cranbrook in 1982 in the basement of the Labor Centre on 9th. Ave. lt started because of the collapse in the economy, largely in the forest industry.  It was meant to be temporary! 
The Food Bank soon moved to an old 1920’s house on 8th Ave, which was provided by the Steelworkers Local 1–405 and BCGEU  to house the growing clientele, and generously donated to the Food Bank in 2018. 

This donation, the sale of our old warehouse and several amazing construction and equipment grants from the BC government, Columbia Basin Trust, Food Banks BC and Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies, allowed us to build our current distribution / warehouse facility!

April 7, 2021 we opened and invited Cranbrook Food Recovery and Farm Kitchen, two like-minded programs run by Community Connections of Southeast BC, to share our space and collaborate with us!

Meet the Team

Our Staff & Board

These amazing individuals are an integral part of what makes Cranbrook Foodbank the entity it is!

Debbie
President  

Started 2007

Deborah Russon

Debbie is an objective, open-minded leader. She is committed to continually advancing our operation to achieve our mission of distributing food to those in need. 

Vice President  

Started 2012

Gerry Oviatt

You can find Gerry at the food bank nearly every day, ready to assist with anything we need, from organizing morning grocery pick-ups, to jumping in to help with hamper production.   

Treasurer

Started 2011

Bev Raymond

Bev is a Chartered Professional Accountant who keeps our finances organised. She is compassionate and dedicated; you can usually find her volunteering in the office on Mondays.  

Director

Started 2005

Brian Smith

We rely on Brian’s expertise to manage our incredible new facility. Brian is reliable, supportive, and displays unwavering commitment to the work we do. Brian led the way to moving our operation to our new facility. We couldn’t have done it without him!

Director

Started 2010

Bill Lindell

Bill is decisive and a critical thinker. We appreciate his ability to present creative solutions to roadblocks we encounter. 

Director

Started 2020

Alan MacBean

Alan is kind, supportive, and displays sincere enthusiasm for the work we do. You can often find him at the food bank, delivering recovered food to us in the mornings and offering to lend a helping hand wherever else we need.   

Executive Director

Started 2022

Katie leads with authenticity and transparency. She is driven to run an organisation that empowers our people, keeps up with our growing need, and acknowledges the innate dignity of each client we serve.   

Operations Manager

Started 2021

Julie displays real grit – she is passionate and takes serious action to help people in need in our community. She creates an environment where everyone is treated with respect and kindness. Julie has the best can-do attitude and truly deserves credit for keeping our daily operations running smoothly.   

Better Together

Cranbrook Food Recovery Farm & Kitchen

Our new facility has provided a great opportunity to share our space with these two Community Connections of Southeast BC programs; Farm Kitchen’s & Cranbrook Food Recovery.

Visit their websites to learn more:

Get in Touch

Contact Us if You have Questions

Contacts Info

Call Us

+1-250-426-7664

Mail Us

operations@cranbrookfoodbank.ca

Visit Us

1624 Industrial Road 2, Cranbrook, British Columbia

Cranbrook Food Bank hours

We love visits from the public, so feel free to visit during normal business hours.

 

09:00 am – 2:30 pm

09:00 am – 12:30 pm

09:00 am – 2:30 pm

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