Provincial gaming grants give boost to area food programs

These grants are awarded under the Human and Social Services category of the Community Gaming Grant program

KAMLOOPS – Four non-profit organizations that support vulnerable people in Clearwater, Barriere and Kamloops are receiving a combined $195,500 from the province’s Community Gaming Grants program.

• Yellowhead Community Services Society (Clearwater): $37,000 for its soup kettle program ($9,000), food security programs ($8,000), youth programs ($8,000), licenced child care program ($9,600) and bike shop ($2,400);

• Barriere and District Food Bank Society: $6,500 for the Barriere Food Bank.

• Kamloops Food Bank and Outreach Society: $130,000 for the organization’s food distribution program;

• Kamloops Food Policy Council: $22,000 for the Community Food Action Program;

“Supporting vulnerable families is a cornerstone of our government’s commitment to ensuring everyone has the opportunity to share in B.C.’s prosperity,” Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Terry Lake said. “These organizations work hard to ensure everyone who needs it has access to good, nutritious food, especially during the Christmas season.”

These grants are awarded under the Human and Social Services category of the Community Gaming Grant program, which allows non-profit organizations to apply for provincial gaming revenues from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. Gaming grants are also awarded in the categories of Public Safety, Sports and Arts and Culture, Parent Advisory Councils and District Parent Advisory Councils, and Environment.

Every year, the provincial government approves $135 million in gaming grants that benefit more than 5,000 local non-profit organizations that serve communities throughout British Columbia.

 

Organizations interested in applying for Community Gaming Grants can find information and applications at gaming.gov.bc.ca/grants/.