Dear Friends of LUSH Valley Food Action Society

Last year was our Society’s 20th Anniversary year. It was NOT what we had anticipated!.

We had hoped to celebrate with a gathering to reflect and honour our first two decades. Instead, we quickly pivoted our programs to meet the gaps that the pandemic widened in terms of healthy food access.

In late March, when some agencies that provided various food support programs shut down, we launched an Emergency Food Share Program while continuing to adapt and run other important initiatives. Within two weeks of the pandemic announcement, we were able to expand our services to include the Good Food Box program (healthy food hampers) and add a Hot Meal program. (Program highlights are listed below.)

Our success in 2020 was only possible due to the generous support of a caring and supportive community. Working with the newly formed Comox Valley Food Policy Council, social service agency partners, housing providers, School District 71, local farmers and all levels of government, we were able to provide healthy, mostly local food, in a dignified manner directly to people’s homes and through various street meal programs.

As we move forward into 2021, we will need your on-going support — in terms of both financial and volunteer resources — to help us to sustain this vital community work. 

It is now important that we take the ‘emergency’
out of our programs and work towards ‘healthy local food access for all’
in an ongoing, equitable and sustainable way. 
This is the work ahead of us.
Thank you for aiding our mission to support the Comox Valley in gaining food systems skills and knowledge to increase food security, self-sufficiency, and local food production across the region … especially now, during this time of global crisis. Your generosity and ongoing support, as always, is greatly appreciated! 
Maurita Prato

Executive Director , LUSH Valley Food Action Society