Board of Directors
|Chairperson ||Lynda J. Lawrence|
|Vice Chair||Gwen O’Connell|
|Secretary||Debbie MacRae/Ineke Boekhorst|
|General Manager||Evan Seal|
|PFRP/School Meal Program Coordinator||Karen Osborne|
|Volunteer Coordinator/Client Services||Nancy Nagy|
|Warehouse Operations||Ian MacKay|
|Pitt Meadows Operations Manager||Clare Devlin|
Programs and Community Partnerships of Friends in Need Food Bank Society
The program was established in September 2016 after a successful pilot project from January to June 2016. Friends in Need Food Bank (FIN) provides each week during the school year food to elementary schools and outreach programs in School District 42 based on the individual needs of the school. This allows breakfast and snacks to be made on-site for anywhere between 10 and 80 students per day. Schools submit their order at the end of each week and which are delivered at the beginning of the following week. These items include fresh dairy products such as milk, eggs, cheese, yogurt, baked goods, etc. As of November 2021 more than 3,000 students benefit from this program on a weekly basis.
Launched in September 2016 as a partnership between Meadowridge Rotary Club, Friends in Need Food Bank, Black Press and other community sponsors, the Starfish Pack Program provides children with weekends worth of food (six meals) in backpacks taken home on Fridays and returned Mondays. The cost to sponsor one backpack for a school year is $575.
They provide meals each Saturday and FIN provides bread, buns, cheese, meats, snacks, fruit, beverages and produce as needed.
Every other Tuesday, Petal’s provides meals to women on the street and FIN provides bread, buns and on occasion, we provide toiletries and personals.
We provide, in partnership with the different agencies, emergency food, personal care items, diapers, etc. for their clients, and then work with them to get those clients registered at FIN. FIN also refers its clients to other community agencies when required and provides information of community resources.
FIN provides low-income families and individuals with a three-to-five-day supply of essential foods monthly. For our shut-in clients, we provide a home delivery service every two weeks. Clients may visit the food banks on a weekly basis to receive extras which include bread, bakery items, deli, dairy, meat and fresh produce as available.
Each client receives produce and protein (as available) on a weekly basis through the Perishable Food Recovery Program.
Women throughout their term of pregnancy receive milk and eggs every two weeks from the date we receive a doctor’s note until the child reaches the age of one. Diapers will be provided twice a month until the child reaches the age of three.
FIN supports needs of clients who have special dietary requirements, including persons with diabetes, cancer and celiac disease when product is available.
To any mother who is expecting or has a child up to age one, FIN provides milk and eggs with the hamper as well as a one-time layette containing new baby items once the baby is born. The mother must bring in the baby’s birth bracelet. They also have access to diapers, formula and baby food. This program is funded by JRFM’s annual Basics for Babies Campaign.
For children who are in K-7, FIN provides kids’ packs every week all year round, including the summer months. Kids’ packs include granola bars, fruit cups/jello, juice or water.
Friends in Need partners with the Salvation Army to provide school supply packs to families in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows at the Salvation Army’s Back to School Fair.
New books are available for clients and children through Black Bond Books Maple Ridge and Community Literacy Committee. New books obtained from First Books Canada at no cost to the FIN are included in the birthday bags assembled by volunteers for children based on their age level.
Twice a year, FIN gives out personal care packages to senior clients, which may include items such as toothpaste/brushers, shampoo, soap, deodorant, etc. FIN also provides packs to the Seniors Network for seniors in need.
These products are given out once a month and provided to women up to the age of 55.
FIN accepts two students on a regular basis who require volunteer hours and/or hands-on experience for people working on their degrees or practicums in social services. (Sprott Shaw College, WorkBC and Discovery Community College, Triangle Resources)