Denise Darrell of the Sources Langley Food Bank stands surrounded by some of the food the bank distributes to its nearly 600 clients every week.

Denise Darrell of the Sources Langley Food Bank stands surrounded by some of the food the bank distributes to its nearly 600 clients every week.

Second van to keep for Sources Food Bank

Secondary vehicle donated by Greater Vancouver Food Bank after theft and breakdown left local food bank without wheels

After a run of bad luck, there was some more good news for the Sources Food Bank in Langley last week.

The Greater Vancouver Food Bank (GVFB) has given its Langley counterpart a three-quarter-tonne van to keep.

The van will help the Langley food bank recover from the loss of an older van that broke down and would have cost too much to repair.

The bad news about the secondary, smaller donation collection vehicle came around the same time the food bank lost the use of its larger cube van after that vehicle was stolen and damaged beyond repair (the cube van has been replaced by a coalition of local businesses).

The GVFB got in touch with Sources about giving it one of their vans after hearing the news.

“The Greater Vancouver Food Bank realizes the impact that the loss of so many resources has had on the Langley Food Bank and its members,” said  GVFB CEO Aart Schuurman Hess.

“At times like these, it’s important for the community to come together and to support one another. We hope that giving the Langley Food Bank a van will help them in the midst of the challenges they are facing.”

Sources community services director Denise Darrell said the gesture by their Vancouver counterpart means a lot, especially since it was during peak demand season for the GVFB.

“People need to know that food banks, we all work together,” Darrell said.

“We help each other.”

Since news of the thefts broke, offers of help from individuals, organizations and companies have been flooding in.

So far, more than $20,000 has been donated along with several other (loaned) service vehicles.