Fire & Flood Recovery - OKIB Meat Drive

Dear friends, 

The staff of OKIB, L2T, and SPARC BC, would like to extend a heartfelt thank you for your much needed contribution to the Fire & Flood Recovery Meat Drive. 

With your incredible support we were able to exceed our goal of $5000, raising an outstanding total of $ 8070. 

We are now working with 7 local farmers who were impacted by the rising cost of feed and highway closures to secure over 1730 pounds of chicken, pork and beef for the OKIB community. Thankfully, a large portion of this meat will make it out to OKIB families in time for the holidays.

As far as traditional food, your generosity has helped us to support a local OKIB hunter in bringing in 120 lbs of deer meat for the community. On top of this we are working with an OKIB community member to revitalize traditional Indigenous trade routes and bring in 50 lbs of halibut from the coast. We have also set aside funds to secure a whole bison in the spring and are $500 away from achieving that goal. 

Despite their own struggles, many of the farmers and Indigenous food providers we partnered with insisted on donating meat and fish or providing us with a significant discount to ensure each dollar was stretched as far as possible. 

We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the amazing community that helped to make this happen. From the bottom of our hearts, lim lemt! 

For more ways to support the OKIB recovery efforts check out this page .

Members of the Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB) are recovering from the devastating wildfire that burned through their community this summer. Due to the power outages caused by the fire, many lost the wild meat and fish stored in their freezers—food that would normally keep their families fed throughout the winter. The community's grocery store was also lost in the burn, meaning their access to food has been greatly reduced. On top of this some OKIB households are currently under evacuation alert due to the threat of flooding and landslides. 
The intense summer heat have also meant that many hay and grain farmers had unsuccessful crops this year. As a result, the cost of feeding farm animals has risen dramatically, meaning that many local farmers are having to slaughter more animals than anticipated as they can no longer secure the hay needed to overwinter them. Additionally, some famers where cut off from their buyers down south. This has meant a great deal of economic uncertainty for farmers.
As a result the OKIB community, Land to Table (L2T), and the Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC) are partnering to address the immediate need that both these challenges present.
We have started this fund to collect cash donations to purchase meat directly from local farmers (especially those who are struggling to overwinter their animals). This meat will then be used to restock the OKIB community freezer and  distributed to community members in need with a focus on Elders and young families.

This campaign will run until December 16th, 2021. Please consider donating generously. 

Your donations will provide greater food security to those who have been impacted by the fires, while also ensuring local farmers are supported through a tough year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. 

Note: When making a donation you will be given the option to remain anonymous or can choose to be displayed for your contribution. If you are paying through PayPal an official receipt of donation will automatically be generated. 

UPDATE: Thanks to your incredible support we have passed our original goal of $5000! Initially, we thought this would be a tough goal to meet but clearly we underestimated your generosity. However, there are still many fire recovery and food security initiatives underway at OKIB, all in need of support. With this in mind, the OKIB food security coordinator, Nikki Lorentz, will be making decisions about allocating the surplus funds between this meat drive and other important recovery and food security initiatives such as OKIB's collaboration with the Good Food Box and the OKIB community garden . We also hope to financially support OKIB hunters to head out and secure deer meat for the community. These decisions will be reported back transparently to all donors through this site. We welcome your continued support. 
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