MERRITT – The Nicola Valley Food Bank Society will be receiving $65,000 this holiday season thanks to B.C. Government gaming grants in the human and social services sector announced Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart.

Funding provided to organizations in this latest round of gaming grants supports programs that significantly contribute to the quality of life in the community, including assisting the disadvantaged or distressed, promoting health or enhancing opportunities for youth.

Why this matters:

  • Community gaming grants in the human and social services sector benefit food banks, hospice societies, community services, service clubs, counselling programs and organizations that assist people coping with challenging life situations, including addictions, serious injuries or disabilities.
  • Every year the Province approves approximately $135 million in community gaming grants for not-for-profit organizations, with the human and social services sector receiving the largest share of this annual funding.
  • Over 5,000 local not-for-profit organizations representing virtually every community in British Columbia benefit from this funding every year. These organizations provide invaluable services in their communities.
  • Eligible organizations applying for gaming grant funding are distributed across six sectors including: arts and culture; sport; environment; public safety; human and social services; parent and district parent advisory councils.


Jackie Tegart, Fraser-Nicola MLA

“The Nicola Valley Food Bank is putting the money to good use by distributing it between the Christmas Hamper Program, the Winter Outerwear Program and the Food Bank itself. Each of these programs are going to benefit those most in need.”