Jim Webster presenting Shannon Grey Duncan, Food Recover coordinator with Healthy Kimberley, with a donation for $1500 after selling prints of his photo of Fisher Peak. Paul Rodgers photo.

Jim Webster sells Fisher Peak photo prints to raise funds for Food Bank and Food Recovery

Hot on the heels of his last great community fundraising idea purchasing and selling off vintage Kimberley Alpine Resort skilift chairs, Jim Webster presented $1500 to both the Kimberley Food Bank and to Healthy Kimberley’s Food Recovery Program after selling prints of a photo he shot of Fisher Peak.

READ MORE: Jim Webster sells vintage KAR ski chairs for park fundraiser

Webster said he was out for a walk in Forest Crowne with his wife Babs when she suggested they head over to the Butte to try and capture an image of the full moon rising. While they were there he got a beautiful shot of the alpen glow on Fisher Peak.

He went home and when he woke up the next morning at 4 a.m. — Webster has a self proclaimed weird sleep schedule — he put the picture up on Facebook. By the time he had fallen back asleep and woken up again, the picture had a whole bunch of photos and comments. This gave him the idea to turn the shot into a fundraiser for the Food Bank.

He put the picture up on the Kimberley Cork Board and when, after half an hour it didn’t have any engagements, he thought he’d take it down, but Babs was hurrying him out the door and so he left it up. When they returned from their outing the emails and messages from people wanting one of the prints were flooding in.

Webster printed the photo onto canvases and sold them for $50 each and within a matter of days, Webster had sold 60 of them.

“It’s the most I’ve ever sold of any picture in my life,” he said with a laugh. “Now everybody in Kimberley will all have the same picture.”

After presenting a much appreciated cheque for $1500 to Heather Smith at the Kimberley Food Bank, the Bulletin accompanied Webster to Healthy Kimberley’s Food Recovery Program, where he presented another cheque for $1500 to coordinator Shannon Grey Duncan, who then gave everyone a tour of the facility.

“Everybody knows about the Food Bank and there’s a lot of fundraisers for the Food Banks and a lot of money going there,” Webster said. “But I had talked to one of the volunteers here [at Food Recovery] and they said ‘well it would be really nice if you could make part of your donation come here because we’re making the food.’”

READ MORE: Healthy Kimberley Food Recovery Depot now open to the public

READ MORE: New coordinator for Healthy Kimberley’s Food Recovery Project

Webster asked Duncan how a donation such as his would be put to use.

“Right now, any kind of community donations like this are going straight into our frozen meal production,” Duncan explained. “Because we have a little bit extra production happening right now, we have a little more flexibility with extra funds to add ingredients so we can make sure we can make more meals over this holiday period particularly, we’ve doubled our production.

“So certainly buying some extra ingredients to make sure we can make those meals that are being requested. Packaging for sure, and we do contract our chefs, we pay them a good wage and they’re all professionals and amazing in the kitchen and amazing people.”

Save-On-Foods is the most regular donator of recovered food, and volunteers pick up from them on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. They also pick up once a week from Superstore in Cranbrook.

Bins of food are brought in and sorted into edible food or compost and packaging. The bins are then washed and sanitized before being sent back to Save-On-Foods. There are volunteers who do pickups and drop offs as well as volunteers that do sorting.

There are three sorting tables, all positioned to accommodate proper social distancing, and they have up to three volunteers working in a shift.

“Our volunteers are the heart of this place,” Duncan said. “We depend so heavily on our volunteer team and we have an incredibly dedicated force of volunteers so I can’t say enough and stress how much how they are the most important piece, like we could not do anything without their support and dedication to everything.”

The Food Recovery Project, which earlier this month surpassed 100,000 pounds of food collected, had three months in the spring where they were 100 per cent doorstep delivery to all of their agencies and other clients and at the same time they were recovering an average of twice as much food because of the way supply chains were affected.

READ MORE: Kimberley Food Recovery Project surpasses 100,000 pounds of food collected

“There was an interesting perspective from here on how consumers were buying differently and suppliers were able to supply differently and much less predictability on every level everything was just crazy,” Duncan said. “Restaurants shutting down, so we were getting restaurant ingredient donations. Bulk ingredients and restaurant suppliers, there was a lot of action in the spring.”

Normally they have agencies come in at their convenience to get stuff for their clients and once a week open their doors to the public, so if there’s anything perishable left after the agencies pick up, they offer that to the public.

“The beauty of it is because people are motivated for different reasons, everyone’s motivated to some extent with the food bill because food is more and more expensive, but some people that’s more of a motivator,” Duncan explained.

“Other people reducing food waste is more of a motivator, so because of that it’s really non-stigmatizing food access because no one knows why you’re here. It doesn’t matter everyone’s welcome and so it really kind of opens up, it’s just a really welcoming source of food for people and it’s a nice mix of people because of those different motivations.”

Webster said he hopes this project may inspire others to pursue fundraising ideas, regardless of what they may be.

“I thought it was important to come here and show that what started as such a simple idea, is that it doesn’t have to be complicated for people to donate,” he said. “If you’ve got a crazy idea or a crazy fundraiser, go for it.”

For the month of December, the Food Recovery Project, which is located on the back side of the Kimberley Health Centre, Fridays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. They also have special dates for pick up on Tuesdays Dec. 22 and 29 and Wednesdays Dec. 23 and 30.



paul.rodgers@kimberleybulletin

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Left to right, Wayne Day, AF Ret’d; Doug Prentice, Army Ret’d, Kyle Dalum, Army Ret’d and Randy Kruger. Front, Vicky Kruger. Photo submitted
Veteran donates three quilts to Quilts of Valour after receiving her own

Cindy Postnikoff, who distributes Quilts of Valour to area veterans, as well… Continue reading

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Employers might be able to require COVID-19 vaccination from employees: B.C. lawyer

‘An employer must make the case’ using expert science, explains lawyer David Mardiros

Interior Health reported 79 new cases of COVID-19 and two new death in the region Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (Ben Hohenstatt/Juneau Empire)
79 new COVID-19 cases, two deaths reported in Interior Health

Both of Friday’s deaths were both recorded at long-term care homes

Vancouver Giants defenceman Bowen Byram could be playing for Colorado when the NHL resumes play. (Rik Fedyck/file)
Cranbrook product Bowen Byram makes NHL debut with Avalanche

Highly touted prospect marks first pro game following World Junior tournament in Alberta

Centre 64 in Kimberley. Bulletin file
Kimberley’s Centre 64 receives grant for building improvements

The Kimberley Arts Council/Centre 64 has just received notice that their grant… Continue reading

Terrance Josephson of the Princeton Posse, at left, and Tyson Conroy of the Summerland Steam clash during a Junior B hockey game at the Summerland Arena in the early spring of 2020. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
QUIZ: How much do you know about hockey?

Test your knowledge of Canada’s national winter sport

A woman injects herself with crack cocaine at a supervised consumption site Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Drug users at greater risk of dying as services scale back in second wave of COVID-19

It pins the blame largely on a lack of supports, a corrupted drug supply

Wet’suwet’en supporters and Coastal GasLink opponents continue to protest outside the B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Thursday, February 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
‘We’re still in it’: Wet’suwet’en push forward on rights recognition

The 670-km Coastal GasLink pipeline was approved by B.C. and 20 elected First Nations councils on its path

Jennifer Cochrane, a Public Health Nurse with Prairie Mountain Health in Virden, administers the COVID-19 vaccine to Robert Farquhar with Westman Regional Laboratory, during the first day of immunizations at the Brandon COVID-19 vaccination supersite in Brandon, Man., on Monday, January 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tim Smith - POOL
Top doctor urges Canadians to keep up with COVID measures, even as vaccines roll out

More than 776,606 vaccines have been administered so far

From the left: Midway RCMP Csts. Jonathan Stermscheg and Chris Hansen, Public Servant Leanne Mclaren and Cpl. Phil Peters. Pictured in the front are Mclaren’s dog, Lincoln and Peters’ dog, Angel. Photo courtesy of BC RCMP
B.C. Mounties commended for bringing firewood to elderly woman

Cpl. Phil Peters said he and detachment members acted after the woman’s husband went to hospital

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Dr. Jerome Leis and Dr. Lynfa Stroud are pictured at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto on Thursday, January 21, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
‘It wasn’t called COVID at the time:’ One year since Canada’s first COVID-19 case

The 56-year-old man was admitted to Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

An Uber driver’s vehicle is seen after the company launched service, in Vancouver, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Several taxi companies have lost a court bid to run Uber and Lyft off the road in British Columbia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Taxi companies lose court bid to quash Uber, Lyft approvals in British Columbia

Uber said in a statement that the ruling of the justice is clear and speaks for itself

A 75-year-old aircraft has been languishing in a parking lot on the campus of the University of the Fraser Valley, but will soon be moved to the B.C. Aviation Museum. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Vintage military aircraft moving from Chilliwack to new home at B.C. Aviation Museum

The challenging move to Vancouver Island will be documented by Discovery Channel film crews

Most Read