WHAT’S IN STORE: Langley companies pitching in to fill the pantry

In this week’s business column, editor Roxanne Hooper spotlights efforts to help the hungry.

While many of our neighbours will be sitting down to holiday feasts of turkey, stuffing, and all the fixin’s, there are thousands across Canada going hungry, or looking to Sources Langley Food Bank for help this holiday season.

There are a few local companies doing their part to help stem off hunger for less fortunate.

Community members can help by making a donation at the No Frills store in Langley City, the Real Canadian Superstore on Willowbrook Drive, or the Your Independent Grocer outlets.

This year, Superstore manager Joe Viana and other store operators are reminding community members that even a small donation is all it takes to enable everyone to enjoy a holiday dinner.

“We know that sometimes there’s a big difference between dinner at our own house and what’s on the table just down the street,” Viana said.

“This year we want to inspire people in Langley to make meaningful donations of funds and food to our local food bank so we can help bridge the gap between neighbours and make sure everyone has a happy holiday and nutritious food throughout the winter months.”

In B.C., close to 100,000 people are assisted by the food bank every month, and one out of three users is a child. Close to 5,000 babies under the age of two receive help from the food bank, and for seniors that number doubles (10,000).

“This is a critical time of year to reach out for donations, as the generosity inspired by the holiday season can significantly help to stock our shelves,” said Laura Lansink, executive director of Food Banks BC, grateful for the Loblaw stores and their customers support.

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Lacing up helps the hungry

While I’m ranting about the importance of helping others by offering assistance through the Langley Sources Food Bank, let me applaud the ongoing efforts of the Schreder Brother Real Estate Group and Ingram Mortgage Team. The two local companies are once again hitting the ice on Saturday, Dec. 22 to help the local food bank.

They’re hosting a public skating event at the ice rink in Fleetwood (only ice available, or so I’m told), from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Admission is by donation of cash or non-perishable food items to the food bank. Followed the skate, the two companies host a challenge game that begins at 11:40 a.m.

Since the event’s inception seven years ago, they’ve raised $35,000 and collected thousands of pounds of food for those who would otherwise go hungry during the holiday season.

Keep up the great work, one and all – and Merry Christmas!

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