WTS – What the Surrey #17: Food Bank Follow Up and Wishing Well

Comments 2 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Welcome back to What the Surrey! It’s been a while since my last WTS post because honestly I keep forgetting that I have this lovely category to which I can post all my Surrey loving rants and info. Gearing up for Christmas and some quality holiday time spent in my hometown I’m sure I’ll have more Surreylicious posts in the next week or so.

Photo credit: jmv on Flickr

A while ago I wrote a post on Metroblogging regarding local radio stations and their various efforts to raise funds and food donations for local Food Banks. Here are the totals for the week, generated by the gracious radio listeners:

  • Santa Fox Food Drive: 12,298 pounds of food and $81,712.82
  • The Beat Cares: Toy Drive @ Guildford mall generated 4,000 toys for the Salvation Army and over $14,000.
  • Nat and Drew’s Food Bank Fill Up: 50,000 lbs of food and $116,000.
  • It’s always been evident to me that the good people of Surrey are extremely generous. I was a little miffed that certain stations didn’t spend much time there during their food drives this year. In the past, their days spent in Surrey have been record-breaking for donations and I honestly think 95 Crave‘s outstanding total had something to do with being there. Unfortunately, as it usually goes, the need is far greater than all of that this year.

    …The food bank had set a goal of collecting 300,000 pounds of food and $300,000 in cash donations this holiday season, but only $80,000 has come in so far.

    …The food bank assists 14,000 people from Surrey and North Delta every month, with about 42 per cent of its clients being children and babies.

    …Every baby who comes to the food bank will receive a full week’s worth of formula, not just a couple of days, “And for [the food bank] to make that commitment means [they] need $100,000 just for baby formula for the full year.”

    The Surrey Food Bank is not part of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank – all money raised in Surrey stays in Surrey. [Surrey Leader]

    The Surrey Food Bank has an online donation page again but you can also drop off donations at 10732-135 Street Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm or at any Surrey firehall, Safeway, Save-on-Foods, IGA, Costco, Superstore, T&T Supermarket or Price Smart Foods.

    If anything, this should be a reminder that some charities are truly locally-based and need your support on a neighbourhood and city-specific level (see also, Tri-Cities Food Bank).

    Another way to give back to your community, is to participate in the new “Wishing Well” program. Through Wishing Well, individuals and companies can sponsor various facets of Surrey life, parks and culture. From goal posts at the soccer pitch and park benches, to pallet trucks and a new score clock for the local arena. I’d sponsor the Miss604.com Lacrosse Box if I had a spare $60K lying around. They currently have a Wish List up on their website, which includes more information about the program.

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    1. BradleyWednesday, December 19th, 2007 — 7:39pm PST

      was that a picture of THE DUTCHMAN?!!!!!

    2. Miss604Wednesday, December 19th, 2007 — 8:04pm PST

      you bet – best perogie breakfasts in town

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