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 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.
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.
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.
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!
Bill is decisive and a critical thinker. We appreciate his ability to present creative solutions to roadblocks we encounter.
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.
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.
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.
Rachel is the perfect mix of warmth and organization. She never misses a beat, ensuring the right people are ready to keep our programs thriving. Rachel takes the time to get to know each client and volunteer and is passionate about giving people the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our friends and neighbours.