Food Security

The Food Bank is open on Wednesday mornings 9:30 am to 11:45 pm.  The criteria is as follows:

-Applicants are expected to call ahead at least 24 hours ahead to make a Foodbank Hamper appointment.  Phone:  250-357-2277

– Anyone in the Salmo/Ymir area can apply for food.   

– Applicants will fill in an application form which will include providing names, address and dates of birth of everyone in the household.  (Applicants should also provide identification for all people in the household  – ID is for confirmation only, numbers will not be recorded)

– Foodbank recipients can receive food every 28 days.

-Foodbank recipients are asked to bring in their own bags.

Food distribution is possible because of the financial and food donations from the community. Salmo Community Resource Society is grateful for the tremendous community support for this much used service.


Community Luncheon is open to the public and is run by volunteers.   The luncheon is provided up to 9 times per year, with a break in the summer.     Typically, it is provided on the last Monday of each month from 11:30-12:30.   

Homemade Soup and Meat Pie delivery:  We provide soup and meat pies to Seniors who are not able to attend the Luncheon.   Seniors can contact our Agency to be put on the delivery list.

Christmas Hamper applications come out in mid to late November and are available to anyone in the Salmo/Ymir area (Area G).  Salmo Community Services advertises when the application deadline is and accepts applications for a 2 week time frame.    

Recipients will receive food and if there are children under 16, recipients will also receive a gift for each child if funds permit.


The Program is in operation from early summer to late fall when produce is available for harvest.  Harvest rescue relies on local homeowners who can offer up their fruit trees and/or garden produce to share with the Food bank and Food Security programs.  Our focus is on picking fruit locally, but we also partner with neighbouring communities with fruit gleaning organizations.  One-third of the harvest goes to the donor, one third to the volunteer and one third to our food bank program to distribute.

On average, Harvest Rescue can glean up to 10,000 pounds of produce every year.  This reduces food waste in our community, and bear-human interactions, while also sharing it with people who might not otherwise get to enjoy it.

Ways to get involved…

Volunteer to harvest fruit or vegetables:  Come out once or many times throughout the season.  Volunteers learn the advantages of sourcing food locally and are trained in proper harvesting techniques.  Make new friends and take home fruit!  The main tasks include picking, sorting and transporting fruit.  Every volunteer will be required to fill out the form to gather some of your information and keep you in the loop with regular updates.   

See Link below to sign up for volunteering:


Donate your own surplus fresh produce:  It can be dropped off at Salmo Community Services on Mondays and Tuesdays, between 9:00 am and noon and/or arrangements can be made if these dates do not work.

See Link below to sign up to donate fresh produce:

Please call, 250-357-2277, or email, for further information.   


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