PREMIER David Eby dropped in on Friday at the Guru Nanak Food Bank Delta at 11188 84 Avenue to learn about the services it provides as he had been unable to attend the food bank’s grand opening ceremony last December.
He was accompanied by Labour Minister Harry Bains and Delta Mayor George V. Harvie as well as Narinder Singh, President of Surrey’s Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran.
The Board of Directors of Guru Nanak Food Bank welcomed Eby.
GNFB General Secretary Neeraj Walia took Eby on a tour of the store and informed him that with the help of generous donors, Guru Nanak Food Bank has been helping more than 10,000 recipients every month. Moreover, it has served people with goods worth $15 million over the last three years.
Walia also drew Eby’s attention to the struggle that international students are undergoing. Eby said he was aware of their predicament and thanked the food bank for stepping forward and being a support system for them. Walia also mentioned that in the last 36 months, GNFB has served more than 20,000 welcome packages to the international students.
Eby took a keen interest in the whole operation, listening intently and asking questions.
Eby specially appreciated how the GNFB keeps in mind all the basic necessities by also serving essential items such as baby food and much more. Eby encouraged the team to keep up the good work and thanked President Narinder Singh for his vision to help all mankind.
After being apprised of the GNFB’s future plans of starting a mobile food bank and making the Delta food bank permanent, Eby expressed his sincere support for the food bank’s future endeavours and said that Government will always be present to help the food bank in every way possible.
Harvie announced that the City of Delta will be arranging a permanent new store or land for the food bank once its lease ended at its current location.
Bains expressed his pride for being a part of such a community that has always been the first to help humanity wherever and whenever needed.
Guru Nanak Food Bank is a non-profit organization serving from three locations: Surrey, Delta and Abbotsford.
Surrey’s Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib Society inaugurated its first Guru Nanak Food Bank at 15299 68th Avenue on Canada Day 2020 to keep on serving those in need.
For more information on Guru Nanak Food Bank, call 604-580-1313 or 604-537-1440 or visit their website www.gnfb.ca.