Whistler Community Services Society and Resort Municipality of Whistler Release
For Immediate Release
Resort partners collaborate to relocate Whistler Food Bank
Move to Whistler Conference Centre will allow for better distribution during COVID-19 crisis
Whistler, British Columbia, April 3, 2020 – The Whistler Community Services Society (WCSS), which operates the Whistler Food Bank, is collaborating with resort partners to prepare for a further increase in demand from those experiencing sudden food insecurity. Starting Monday, April 6, the Food Bank will move from its location on Nesters Road and operate out of The Whistler Conference Centre with additional front-line support staff from the Resort Municipality of Whistler. These measures are being put in place as a precaution for WCSS to manage the possible influx of new demand for emergency food during the COVID-19 crisis.
“Since we started preparing to serve clients experiencing food insecurity due to COVID-19, we have seen about a three-fold increase in demand at the Food Bank compared to the same time last year”, notes Lori Pyne, acting executive director of WCSS. “This temporary move to The Whistler Conference Centre and the additional help from resort partners will ensure we can continue to operate safely and efficiently to help those who need it most with emergency food.”
“The Resort Municipality of Whistler is extraordinarily grateful for the significant work the Whistler Community Services Society is providing through the Whistler Food Bank to support residents who are now in need of emergency food,” said Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton. “The municipality is pleased to help with staffing and the move to the Whistler Conference Centre. By bringing the food bank to a larger space, we can help ensure that everyone who needs food in our community is able to get food and no one goes hungry during this challenging time.”
The board of directors and team at WCSS would like to thank Whistler’s resort partners for being able to mobilize so quickly and come up with solutions that will best serve community members in these challenging times. They are also extremely grateful for the outpouring of food, financial and in-kind donations over the last few weeks so that it can continue to provide these critical services while the ReUseIt and ReBuildIt Centres remain closed.
WCSS and the Resort Municipality of Whistler would like to thank Tourism Whistler, the operator of the Whistler Conference Centre, for their support in supplying the conference centre space and facility set up to welcome the Whistler Food Bank operation.
How to Get Emergency Food
For those who are experiencing food insecurity, prepared food bags will be available from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday to Friday at The Whistler Conference Centre (at the door closest to the Royal Bank) at 4010 Whistler Way in Whistler Village. Call 604-902-4800 to reach the food bank.
How to Contact Outreach Services for Support
Understanding how stressful these times are with food and financial insecurity, social distancing and quarantine, WCSS Outreach Services are operating 6 days a week (Monday to Saturday) and can be accessed remotely via telephone at 604-932-0113 from or through online booking at mywcss.org. WCSS has trained its outreach workers and front line staff to advocate for the community’s wellness needs. They can provide emotional support, assist with filling out government forms, advise on counselling options, advocate for your rights, and help find food and shelter.
WCSS will the community updated on any further changes to its services mainly through mywcss.org, its e-newsletter, Facebook and Instagram pages. It will also work closely with resort partners and public health officials to ensure it continues to be responsive to changes in the community’s needs.
Lori Pyne, Acting Executive Director
Whistler Community Services Society
Tel: (604)932-0113 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Whistler Community Services Society
The Whistler Community Services Society (WCSS) has been the caretakers of Whistler’s social health and wellness since 1989. The thrift store it started is now a powerhouse in Whistler’s circular economy, diverting over a tonne of useful items from landfill each day at its ReUseIt and ReBuildIt centres. Funds earned from the social enterprise are reinvested back into the community. A non-profit with charitable status, it relies on the generosity of volunteers and donors to support community members where they need it most, like the Food Bank, Outreach Services, Connect Whistler and 20 other programs and services.
About the Resort Municipality of Whistler
The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is a destination resort community, local government organization and leader in providing municipal programs, services, progressive planning and infrastructure for almost 12,000 residents and over three million annual visitors. Situated in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Whistler was the Host Mountain Resort for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Our vision: to be the premier mountain resort community as we move towards sustainability.
How to Donate to Whistler Community Services Society
The Whistler Food Bank will continue to accept donations of cash and food to support expected rise in demand. Monetary donations help the Food Bank to purchase whatever is most needed at a wholesale price. Food donations can be dropped off at donation bins at all grocery stores in Whistler. The most needed items include:
Canned food rich in protein: tuna/salmon, canned meat, beans and legumes
Canned vegetables and fruit
Cereal and granola bars
Dried beans and legumes
Rice, Pasta and Pasta Sauce
Business owners with large or fresh food donations are asked to contact email@example.com.
Funds donated to WCSS also support the administrative and operational costs associated with running the Food Bank and Outreach Services. Online donations are eligible for a tax receipt and can be made at mywcss.org/get-involved/donations/. WCSS would like to remind community members that it is unable to accept any items for donation at the ReUseIt or ReBuildIt Centres while these stores remain closed.