The Friends in Need FOOD BANK exists to provide for the hungry in the Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows communities, to inform and refer when needed, and to raise the awareness concerning hunger issues.
We are the registered food bank for Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows and are a member of Food Banks Canada and Food Banks BC.
The Friends in Need Food Bank runs several programs to bring food to our community: Hampers for our registered clients in both Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, a Senior's Food Bank, the Katzie Food Bank, School District 42 Meal/Snack program, and home delivery to 20 individuals.
Further, we provide food to over 20 other organizations within our community who have identified a need for food security. By working together, we can get closer to our goal of ensuring no one in our community ever goes hungry.
Perishable Food Recovery
In June 2019, we expanded our Perishable Food Recovery Program. This program connects us with unsold, perishable food in the community. In the first five months of operation, we were able to process over 500,000lbs of food that otherwise would have gone to waste.
Every day, we pick up totes containing perishable food. At our facility, we sort food into categories:
1. Food fit for human consumption, which we distribute through the Food Bank and our community partners
2. Fit for animal feed, which local farmers pick up to feed their animals.
We are proud to be part of the solution of reducing food waste in our community, and increasing the amount of food we can share with those in need.