At times like these, it is understandable that people want to support those in our community who are in need. As someone who has been a food advocate in this community for years now, I am extremely worried about the ability of our local organizations to meet community needs as this crisis unfolds. While it is an easy and quick reaction to provide support to large organizations like the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, we would like to encourage you to please consider supporting local community organizations that continue to operate and provide food programming and other supports in New Westminster during this pandemic. Organizations like:
Dan’s Legacy (food recovery efforts that are supporting local organizations)
Lower Mainland Purpose Society (in need of volunteers and funding support and supplies for their Health Van)
Salvation Army 604.521.0363
Seniors Services Society (in need of volunteers and gas cards)
Union Gospel Mission 604.525.8989
And, please don’t forget those organizations that have temporarily suspended their food services and will need our support once they are able to operate again. We hope this will happen soon! Organizations like:
Holy Trinity Cathedral for their weekly Breakfast program.
St Barnabas’s for their weekly community lunch and food cupboard.
St. Aidan’s for their proposed new weekend food bank for community members who can’t access weekday supports.
Stay safe everyone,
NWHCS Coalition and Projects Coordinator