Community steps up to support access to food as we deal with COVID-19

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, Rev. Laurie McKay (Deacon) of St. Aidan’s Presbyterian Church, Betina Wheeler NWHCS Projects and Coalition Coordinator, New Westminster – Burnaby MP Peter Julian at the Drive Thru Food Drive on Saturday, August 8, 2020.

THANK YOU to New Westminster- Burnaby MP Peter Julian (and Doris Mah), Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, the NW Firefighters Charitable Society, the NW Soccer Club, all the volunteers, and the New Westminster (and Burnaby) community for making the Drive Thru Food Drive on Saturday such a resounding success!

An incredible amount of food was collected that will now be distributed to those in need through Purposes Hamper Program and the Health Van, and through the St. Aidan’s HUB in the West End and at its pop-ups in Sapperton and Queensborough. Included in this was a donation of 500 pounds of frozen chicken! We also received close to $800 in cash and grocery store cards, and promises of more to come – including 25 pounds of zucchini! I will be working with local hamper and meal programs to make sure these funds get used in the best way.

This community just rocks!

Betina, NWHCS Projects and Coalition Coordinator

New Westminster Overdose Memorial

Currently Accepting Art, Writing and Photos Submissions

The New Westminster Overdose Community Action Team – Peer Network is assembling a memorial to commemorate the many lives that have been lost to the overdose crisis. They hope to capture the collective impact of the overdose crisis, which includes at least 95 lives cut short due to the contaminated drug supply in New Westminster since 2016.

For more information please visit: Overdose Memorial 

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Stay safe everyone!  Betina, Coalition and Projects Coordinator