Neighbours United: Growing a Healthy Community


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Support a family in need this holiday season

Everyone deserves to eat a healthy, balanced diet, but the lack of equal access makes it difficult for vulnerable families and seniors.

Neighbours United, a non- profit community-driven organization, is working to change that, one bag of fresh food at a time. We’re connecting families and seniors in need in the small towns and rural communities of the West Kootenays with farm fresh local, organic food once a week to help ensure those who need it most have access to healthy food. According to a 2021 report, nine communities in the West Kootenay have more low-income persons than the provincial average.

We’re neighbours looking out for our neighbours so that families and seniors in need can access delicious, nutritious and fresh food. In just over two years, Neighbours United has delivered more than 4,000 bags of fresh food and expanded to support more than 260 people in need.

We now deliver to 75 homes each week, bringing fresh, healthy food to the tables of families and seniors in Balfour, Nelson, Castlegar, Rossland, Warfield, Trail, Fruitvale, Monstrose, Salmo, and rural communities in between.

“I have been able to create new things out of fresh and healthy foods PLUS my little guy is slowly warming up to veggies because of this. It’s helped him realize where things come from and that veggies can actually taste good. With a bag full of fun new surprises at our door it’s become an adventure to try new things. He’s learning different ways to cook. We are very grateful for this opportunity.” —Christa, Farms to Friends Recipient

Farms to Friends is committed to supporting the local community, families, seniors and kids. We are relaunching the program this holiday season, and we’re counting on YOU to help us make sure that every child supported by this program gets healthy, fresh, local produce, this holiday season and into 2023.

We know that 85 families in need are still looking forward to receiving a bag of fresh, local produce, and we are determined to re-introduce the Farms to Friends program for the benefit of West Kootenays and beyond.

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Photo © Courtesy of Neighbours United

Having invested over $200,000 in the community’s well-being, we are counting on your support to help us meet our goal, and even exceed it, to respond to increased demand for fresh local food and make it accessible to the most vulnerable communities.

This holiday season, let’s give back to our community and help families and seniors in need.

Your support will make a massive difference to those who rely on us, and your generosity will help us to propel the program to new horizons. Philanthropy has a beautiful butterfly effect—help us celebrate the relaunch of Farms to Friends this holiday season and provide much-needed resources for our joint success. A small donation of $55 can provide a family in need with a bag of fresh, local produce. Please help us reach our $25,000 goal to provide families and seniors in need with a bag of fresh food for the holidays and into the new year.

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We’re connecting families and seniors in need in the West Kootenays with farm fresh local, organic food once a week to help ensure those people who need it most have access to healthy food. You can help.


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