The principle objectives of the Langley Food Bank include:
- Providing a minimum of 2 days’ worth of nutritious food (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks) for clients and their families each week,
- Developing relational bridges with clients in order to discover and assist in personal needs that they may have,
- Find a way to meet personal needs whether they are physical, social, or spiritual in nature.
How we fulfill our objectives:
The Langley Food Bank was first opened in September 1989, as an extension of the faith community, to provide food and help with many enthusiastic volunteers who continue who help in a variety of tasks including distribution, cleaning, food packaging, paperwork, and sorting. There are currently about 800 client families registered at the Langley/Aldergrove Food Bank. Including dependents, the Langley Food Bank helps almost 600-700 people with their food requirements each week and 120 at our Aldergrove Food Bank location. Currently, the Langley Food Bank operates with 4 full time employees and 35 volunteers.
In order to help meet these objectives, the Langley Food Bank has been set up in a mini-mart style. Groceries are stocked in various categories on store shelves so that clients can make their own selection from each category. Quantity limits are set depending on the size of the family. Langley Food Bank volunteers assist each client in making their selections and bagging their groceries. Registered clients may come for groceries once each week.
Annually, the Langley Food Bank distributes well over $2,000,000 worth of groceries and toys, all free of charge. All of this is donated by caring individuals, businesses, churches, schools, and civic groups in our community. In my opinion, the Langley Food Bank is a vital, practical and ethical community partner that has operated with integrity for decades by providing respect, encouragement and needed food supplies for the residents of Langley/Aldergrove BC.
We all play an important role in helping people during the crisis that they face.