Welcome To The Friends In Need Food Bank
FRIENDS IN NEED FOOD BANK SOCIETY
A Message From the Executive Director re: COVID-19
June 1, 2020
It has been 2 ½ months since the Friends in Need went into lockdown and established strict protocols for the skeleton crew who have been maintaining operations. We have instituted many changes such as a drive-through service; line-ups with social distancing markers, handing out pre-packed bags of food, increased home deliveries thanks to the many volunteer drivers who came forward, revamped the school meal/snack program working with SD42 & Salvation Army, and found new sources for our food supply. There have been some scary moments, a constant level of anxiety, and much sadness for those who have directly suffered the impact of this virus.
June brings a relaxation of isolation, but not protocols. With schools and businesses reopening, and people going back to work, it is all being done in “The New Norm”. There are no more handshakes, hugs, or gatherings, and although we are encouraged to widen our circles, the Friends in Need will be maintaining its lockdown and will not be widening its circle. As an essential service we feel it is our duty to maintain strict protocols to avoid a complete shutdown of services. We would ask clients attending the food bank to respect our protocols, and not put our volunteers and staff at risk. If you are not feeling well, please stay home.
Enjoy your summer, but please, do so safely! And remember those who have suffered and those who continue to put themselves at risk fighting this horrible virus. It is not over.
-Mary Robson, Executive Director
The Friends in Need Food Bank is supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and Maple Ridge Community Foundation.
The Friends in Need Food Bank serves the community of Ridge Meadows BC.
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Our food bank offers support to local residents, schools and charity organizations who require food supplies to support them or their food programs. Providing food for school programs helps to ensure that no child goes hungry. If you are interested in starting a local school food program and need food, give us a call. If you have any questions or want more information on any of our programs or your organization needs our help please contact us.
HOW CAN YOU HELP ?
You can also help the food bank by donating $2.00 at the supermarket by purchasing a share coupon. Share coupons are sold at Save On Foods, Safeway, Thrifty Foods and Real Canadian Superstore.
Thank you for helping support those in need in our community
The Friends in Need Food Bank is a member of Food Banks Canada and Food Banks BC and abides by their Code of Ethics.
The Friends In Need Food Bank Society is an incorporated society (S-00030881) in B.C. and a registered charity with Canada Revenue Agency (88913-8772-RR0001)
WE DO NOT SOLICIT MONEY NOR DONATIONS DOOR TO DOOR OR VIA TELEPHONE. WE OPERATE SOLELY ON THE GENEROUS DONATIONS FROM OUR COMMUNITY AND SPONSORS.
Just Some of Our Great Sponsors