Surrey’s food bank steps up to support communities suffering from wildfires

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The Central Okanagan Food Bank has identified a list of urgently needed items to provide comprehensive aid to those in need. The list includes water, juice, Gatorade or Powerade, snacks, chips, protein bars, diapers, pet food, cereal, and baby food. These essential items are crucial for ensuring the well-being of the community’s most vulnerable members.To contribute to this compassionate cause, donors can make their donations at any of the GNFB convenient locations, including 11188 84 Ave in Delta, 15299 68 Ave in Surrey, or at Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib. For further information and inquiries, please contact 604.580.1313 or 604.780.2573. or www.gnfb.ca

British Columbia is battling the worst wildfire season in the province’s history. The ongoing wildfire emergency has left tens of thousands of families displaced, homes destroyed, and communities disconnected. 

Various local nonprofit organizations have stepped up to support the families and communities impacted by the wildfires.

The Guru Nanak Food Bank (GNFB) is one such organization that is providing vital assistance to the Central Okanagan Food Bank during these challenging times.

According to GNFB, “City Councillor Mohini Singh graciously accepted the generous donations on behalf of the Central Okanagan Food Bank, acknowledging the significant impact these contributions will have on the local community. Mayor Tom Dyas of Kelowna personally expressed his gratitude to Narinder Singh Walia over a phone call from the city, recognizing the GNFB vital role in this humanitarian effort.”

Director of Development Tania Speiser said the community has really stepped up to help.“We’re having partnerships on every level. We’re having people step up to offer us space, because part of what we do is the procurement, the stability, and the utilization of food.”

GNFBoperating under the leadership of President Narinder Singh Walia and Treasurer Inderjit Singh Dhillon, alongside Secretary Neeraj Walia, Jatinder Jay Minhas, Surinder Manj, and Amrit Singh Grewal from Sarabha Transport, exemplifies the community’s commitment to coming together and assisting those in need.

“GNFB is prepared to extend support to residents directly impacted by the ongoing wildfires. Our actions include offering Complimentary Food Packages and Experienced Emergency Response Team. We extend an open invitation to residents from wildfire-affected areas in the lower mainland to avail themselves of free food packages. These packages are stocked with essential food items, ensuring sustenance and nutrition for families grappling with these challenging times,” informed Walia

“GNFB has assembled a proficient emergency response team. This team is ready to dispatch essential supplies such as food, medical kits, children’s necessities, and more. Our team is closely aligned with local authorities to effectively address the pressing needs of the community,” he added.

BC’s Premier David Eby said, “This year, we are facing the worst wildfire season ever in British Columbia. Over the past 24 hours, the situation has evolved rapidly and we are in for an extremely challenging situation in the days ahead. There are numerous fires across the province threatening communities. Thousands of people are under evacuation orders, and tens of thousands more are on evacuation alert.

Given these fast-moving conditions, the Province of British Columbia declared a provincial state of emergency.

“At this time, we’re grateful that people are mostly following our call to not travel to certain areas and to stay out of the way of emergency crews so they can do their jobs. We are also seeing more and more people evacuated – and access to accommodation is becoming increasingly tight in the Interior. We need to ensure that accommodation is available for people who are evacuated” he said.