Denise Darrell

Sources Langley Food Bank searches for larger space

A provincial donation allows local food bank to buy a computer.

Sources Langley Food Bank could use some new digs.

The non-profit organization Sources is based in White Rock and offers services to White Rock, Surrey and Langley.

Staff are actively searching for a bigger location than the basement of the United Church at 5673 200th St. It would need 3,500-4,500 square feet.

“It needs to be on a bus route or close to, because a lot of our clients don’t drive,” said Denise Darrell, Sources director of Women, Seniors and Community Services.

The food bank lease expires in November but could be extended a few months.

The new space would need a loading dock, warehouse space for sorting, an electrical system that would allow for a walk-in cooler, some office space “and an ideal would be a kitchen so we could offer a community kitchen,” Darrell added. “We’d like to bring in more programs, not just our food bank.”

Sources is becoming more known in the community. This past Saturday saw more than 300 people were seen cycling around Fort Langley.

Their participation in the 25-kilometre Ride for Refuge fundraiser brought in more than $80,000 for 20 charities around the world, including $2,100 for their food bank in Langley.

“Sources Langley Food Bank got involved with the Ride for Refuge this year for two main reasons. The first is because the show of support from the community after last December’s truck theft made us really feel part of the community. The second is because we want to raise awareness that we are a low-barrier food bank here to serve the most marginalized and disadvantaged people in the community,” she said.

Sources received $10,000 from the province to mark Hunger Awareness Week Sept. 19-23. The provincial funds will be used to purchase capital items to support the food bank, including shelving, a freezer, fridge, and a computer.

Currently, perishable food items are kept in a cold storage room and frozen goods are stored in a small freezer. Langley client registration and statistical data is collected manually.

“This generous donation will go a long way to help us purchase whatever we need to improve our operations and serve the people in the Langleys and Aldergrove more effectively,” Darrell said.

The Sources Langley Food Bank is a member of Food Banks BC and Food Banks Canada.

It currently serves more than 600 low-income residents. Since Sources began Langley operations in October 2014, client numbers have steadily grown.

Anyone with information about a possible new location can contact food bank manager Jaye Murray at 604-531-8168, or Denise Darrell at 604-541-4820 or ddarrell@sourcesbc.ca.

Learn more at sourcesfoundation.ca.

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