Homeless on Hastings volunteers feed hungry, one sandwich at a time

Homeless on Hastings volunteers feed hungry, one sandwich at a time

Group that hands out sandwiches to Downtown Eastside residents originated from Langley in 2011

A charitable project that has its origins in Langley could be re-setting and re-focusing its efforts to help local people who are struggling.

Homeless on Hastings was founded more than six years ago by Langley resident Jackie Maclean.

In its first charity drive, Aug. 28, 2011, volunteers distributed 405 sandwiches to the needy and homeless along Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES), Canada’s poorest neighbourhood.

Through support of friends, neighbours and colleagues, the Homeless on Hastings group meets on the last Sunday of the month (locally, in the clubhouse of a townhouse complex in Walnut Grove) to make sandwiches which are then distributed to residents of the DTES.

Volunteers hand out anywhere between 1,000 and 1,500 sandwiches during their monthly visits, as well as water, fruit, granola bars, and warm clothes during the winter months.

Visit the group’s Facebook page at Homeless on Hastings.

Moving into 2018, the Langley group will hold a meeting in January, to determine its next step.

“We’ve put (the) January (sandwich drive) on hold at the moment until we make some decisions about moving forward,” said Homeless on Hastings volunteer and co-ordinator Alison Hansen.

“There’s an abundance of service providers on the Downtown Eastside for meals, so one of the things we were looking at is trying to become more of a local, community-based group, because we get all the donations from (the local) Save-On-Foods,” Hansen said. “That would be my hope.”

Hansen said another group member is also looking into the possibility of a Cloverdale community kitchen, through a church in Cloverdale.

Group Has Grown

It was admittedly hard to let go, but Maclean knows Homeless on Hastings is in good hands.

“They have grown,” Maclean said.

“There is a group that have branched off from our (Langley) Homeless on Hastings, and they are doing it from North Vancouver.”

That group distributes sandwiches to the people living on the DTES, on a different Sunday each month.

Maclean said helping people living in the DTES is “such an important need.”

She says the recipients of the good will were, and continue to be, very appreciative of the gesture.

“They are very kind, very thoughtful,” Maclean said. “Some of them have written cards and handed them over the volunteers, so that was very beautiful.”

Maclean is no longer involved with the group, due to her hectic schedule.

“I’ve gotten extremely busy. My business has expanded and the days they were having it I was travelling, so in that sense, I lost the focus and the momentum because I wasn’t physically available,” said Maclean, a licensed hypnotherapist.

“I simply couldn’t keep up.”

The most recent Homeless on Hastings event happened Dec. 17.

“It was cold and it was very wet! As usual so many to feed,” the group’s Facebook post reads.

“The homemade chicken and veggie soup also helped with the cold. We even sent a task force to bring food to the homeless who were immobile and couldn’t line up.”

The Facebook post thanked the sponsors involved in the drive including: Save On Foods on Cambie, Sweet E’s Darlings Desserts, North Shore Boys Soccer Teams, KKMD Daycare Children and Santa’s Chimney Services.

“Thank goodness for the donation of socks, gloves, jackets, sweaters, shoes and blankets it was definitely needed today!

We even divided and conquered as our Langley Group fed the homeless in Whalley today.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Crows gather at in the cottonwoods of Sandra Kidder’s neighbour in Aldergrove every winter morning just before sunrise. (Sandra Kidder/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
SHARE: Aldergrove cottonwoods hosts morning murder of crows

Send us your photo showing how you view Langley, and it could be featured in a future edition

When Langley City resident Dale Attrell, 92, seen here walking in Douglas Park on Saturday, Jan. 10, started a walking club for seniors, it filled up quickly. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Outrunning COVID: a Langley City senior starts a walking club

When Dale Attrell launched a group for older people to go on walks together, it filled up quickly

Langley’s Jim Orlowski, a regular contributor to Through Your Lens, shared this picture of some bird swimming around in Brydon Lagoon. They were spotted while he was walking along the trail in the Nicomekl flood plains. They frequently cross paths with dozens of other walkers and park visitors enjoying the trail on a bright winter day. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
SHARE: Bird friends from Brydon

Send us your photo showing how you view Langley, and it could be featured in a future edition

Mark Chandler, outside of his extradition hearing at the Vancouver Supreme Court. (Langley Advance Times files)
Langley condo builder’s fraud sentencing in U.S. delayed due to COVID-19

Mark Chandler’s own lawyer contracted COVID-19 in December

Keith the curious kitten is seen on Nov. 4, 2020 at the Chilliwack SPCA. Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 is Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Jan. 17 to 23

Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day, Pie Day and International Sweatpants Day are all coming up this week

(Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
‘Targeted’ shooting in Coquitlam leaves woman in hospital

The woman suffered non-life threatening injuries in what police believe to be a targeted shooting Saturday morning

Another Mission student arrested for assault, in 2nd case of in-school violence this week

RCMP notified of local Instagram page with videos (now deleted) showing student assaults, bullying

(Photo by Kevin Hill)
40 cases linked to Surrey Memorial Hospital COVID-19 outbreak

Fraser Health says two death are associated with the outbreak

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

JaHyung Lee, “Canada’s oldest senior” at 110 years old, received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. He lives at Amenida Seniors Community in Newton. (Submitted photo: Amenida Seniors Community)
Standardized foundation skills assessment tests in B.C. schools will be going ahead later than usual, from Feb. 16 to March 12 for students in Grades 4 and 7. (Black Press Media file photo)
B.C. teachers say COVID-affected school year perfect time to end standardized tests

Foundational skills testing of Grade 4 and 7 students planned for February ad March

Sooke’s Jim Bottomley is among a handful of futurists based in Canada. “I want to help people understand the future of humanity.” (Aaron Guillen - Sooke News Mirror)
No crystal ball: B.C. man reveals how he makes his living predicting the future

63-year-old has worked analytical magic for politicians, car brands, and cosmetic companies

A unique-looking deer has been visiting a Nanoose Bay property with its mother. (Frieda Van der Ree photo)
A deer with 3 ears? Unique animal routinely visits B.C. property

Experts say interesting look may be result of an injury rather than an odd birth defect

Most Read