It’s well known that the holidays can be a challenging time for families, with food banks serving as a crucial resource for those in need.
And while donations are picking up, the Pemberton Food Bank will have to make due without the assistance of a crucial fundraising event, as The Gingerbread Project is not taking place this year.
The event, which has taken place at the Pemberton Valley Lodge for the past eight years, saw families bid on elaborate gingerbread homes that were donated by local Pemberton Valley businesses. The event raised between $10,000 to $15,000 annually.
“Yeah, it’s a bit of a loss,” said Loralee Seitz of Sea to Sky Community Services (SSCS).
“David MacKenzie [owner of the Pemberton Valley Lodge] has reached out to me to try and figure out a way we can continue it elsewhere.
“We hope to have something going forth for next year. I’m just not sure what it’s going to look like.”
In an email to Pique, MacKenzie said he was sad the hotel could no longer host the fundraiser, and would like to see another organization take it up.
“Unfortunately we no longer have the space and [are] suffering serious labour challenges, so I reached out to the community centre to encourage them to take it on with our help but it was not something they were willing to take the leadership on,” he said.
“[I’m] very sad as I think the food bank is a very important charity that needs more community support.”