Food Bank

Evan Seal, general manager of the Friends In Need Food Bank, stands by a door where the lock was punched out before thieves gained entry to the second floor of the facility. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)

VIDEO: Safe, laptops stolen from food bank in Maple Ridge

Administrative offices broken into early Thursday morning

 

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LETTER: Maple Ridge resident says socialism also has hand in food bank failures

In response to letter, writer said NDP in charge for years but failed to solve hunger issues.

  • Dec 31, 2022

 

Part of a notice posted to the Friends In Need Food Bank location informing clients the facility is closed until the new year. (Special to The News)

Food bank in Maple Ridge still helping people in emergencies despite holiday closure

Normal operation of the Friends In Need Food Bank to resume Tuesday, Jan. 3

 

60 family photos were taken during the Dec. 15 Santa pics fundraiser hosted by the Maple Ridge Community Foundation and Tony Rodney Photography. (Kevin Nosworthy/Special to The News)

Holiday pictures fundraiser collects thousands of dollars for Maple Ridge charities

The Dec. 15 event was hosted by the Maple Ridge Community Foundation and Tony Rodney Photography

60 family photos were taken during the Dec. 15 Santa pics fundraiser hosted by the Maple Ridge Community Foundation and Tony Rodney Photography. (Kevin Nosworthy/Special to The News)
Have an opinion you’d like to share? Submit letters to the editor through our website, via email or the postal service. (Black Press Media files)

LETTER: Maple Ridge resident says food banks a sign of capitalism’s failure

Politicians pay more attention to wealthy donors than average Canadians, letter writer argues

  • Dec 18, 2022
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Students from Maple Ridge Secondary School participated in the 2022 annual Drive Thru Food Drive on Dec. 7 under the guidance of teacher Maria Trudeau (centre-left). (Brandon Tucker/The News)

PHOTOS: Maple Ridge Secondary School collects thousands in charity donations

The annual Drive Thru Food Drive raised $2,000 for local food bank

Students from Maple Ridge Secondary School participated in the 2022 annual Drive Thru Food Drive on Dec. 7 under the guidance of teacher Maria Trudeau (centre-left). (Brandon Tucker/The News)
Boxes wait to be filled with provisions at The Daily Bread Food Bank warehouse in Toronto on Wednesday March 18, 2020. Canadian food insecurity researchers say holiday appeals for people to donate to their local food banks can be tough swallow. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Why anti-poverty researchers bristle at holiday appeals for food bank donations

Addressing hunger requires systemic changes, researchers say

Boxes wait to be filled with provisions at The Daily Bread Food Bank warehouse in Toronto on Wednesday March 18, 2020. Canadian food insecurity researchers say holiday appeals for people to donate to their local food banks can be tough swallow. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Caitlin Williams is the market coordinator for Whonnock handmade markets and even owns her own business selling handmade items called The Unique Owl. (Stacie Lynn Photography/Special to The News)

Maple Ridge school hosts winter market for first time in 3 years

The Whonnock handmade winter market will have more than 30 vendors on Nov. 13

Caitlin Williams is the market coordinator for Whonnock handmade markets and even owns her own business selling handmade items called The Unique Owl. (Stacie Lynn Photography/Special to The News)
From left to right, Salvation Army Captain Matt Kean, Chilliwack Food Bank co-ordinator Don Armstrong, Chilliwack farmer Larissa Garcia, and Captain Fiona Kean. (BC Egg photo)

600,000 eggs donated by farmers to food banks across B.C. by end of 2022

‘We don’t want any parents to be in a position where they can’t feed their kids’ - Chilliwack egg farmer

From left to right, Salvation Army Captain Matt Kean, Chilliwack Food Bank co-ordinator Don Armstrong, Chilliwack farmer Larissa Garcia, and Captain Fiona Kean. (BC Egg photo)
Harby Bhandal is hosting a Nov. 5 food drive in Maple Ridge for the Friends in Need Food Bank. (Harby Bhandal Facebook/Special to The News)

Maple Ridge realtor hosts food drive in Albion

The Nov. 5 fundraiser will take place at Kanaka Creek Coffee

Harby Bhandal is hosting a Nov. 5 food drive in Maple Ridge for the Friends in Need Food Bank. (Harby Bhandal Facebook/Special to The News)
Dave Lord has been building up his Ghostbusters Halloween display for three years, with the new additions for 2022 including a Slimer figure and a large Ghostbusters fire hall cutout. (Dave Lord/Special to The News)

Maple Ridge neighbours team up to collect Halloween donations

The displays at 236 Street and Bryant Drive will be accepting food bank donations

Dave Lord has been building up his Ghostbusters Halloween display for three years, with the new additions for 2022 including a Slimer figure and a large Ghostbusters fire hall cutout. (Dave Lord/Special to The News)
Boxes wait to be filled with provisions at The Daily Bread Food Bank warehouse in Toronto on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Food bank usage across Canada hit all-time high, nearly 1.5M visits in March: report

Numbers 35 per cent higher than visits in March 2019, before the pandemic hit

Boxes wait to be filled with provisions at The Daily Bread Food Bank warehouse in Toronto on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
A Thanksgiving turkey dinner is shown in Toronto on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

VIDEO: Thanksgiving dinner will come with a hefty price tag this year

Homemade turkey dinner now more than $200 for a family of four

A Thanksgiving turkey dinner is shown in Toronto on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Volunteers and staff with the Friends In Need Food Bank, including general manager Evan Seal in red, who helped with the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive. (Special to The News)

Donations down to Maple Ridge food bank for Thanksgiving food drive

Friends In Need Food Bank still in need heading into the winter

Volunteers and staff with the Friends In Need Food Bank, including general manager Evan Seal in red, who helped with the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive. (Special to The News)
Kashish Hukku Jani is seen in Vancouver, on Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. Jani, 22, a fourth-year communication design student at Emily Carr University, said skyrocketing living costs make it hard to focus on her studies. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Inflation hits international students hard, with some turning to food banks

One Vancouver food bank said three-quarters of the students it aids were from overseas

Kashish Hukku Jani is seen in Vancouver, on Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. Jani, 22, a fourth-year communication design student at Emily Carr University, said skyrocketing living costs make it hard to focus on her studies. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Maple Ridge city councillor Ahmed Yousef nominated the Friends In Need Food Bank for the Fortis BC Community Giving Awards. (Special to The News)

Maple Ridge food bank receives $15,000 from FortisBC

Money to go towards Friends In Need Food Bank school meal and snack program

Maple Ridge city councillor Ahmed Yousef nominated the Friends In Need Food Bank for the Fortis BC Community Giving Awards. (Special to The News)
A national school food program is needed, B.C. advocates are urging. (Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion file)

Urgent need for a national school food program in classrooms: B.C. group

The Coalition for Healthy School Food wants the federal government to create a national program.

A national school food program is needed, B.C. advocates are urging. (Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion file)
RCMP collected a big load of donations in their Lunches 4 Learners drive. (Ridge Meadows RCMP/Special to The news)

Ridge Meadows RCMP collect Lunches 4 Learners

Police lead back-to-school food drive for Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows kids

RCMP collected a big load of donations in their Lunches 4 Learners drive. (Ridge Meadows RCMP/Special to The news)
Ridge Meadows RCMP will start accepting Lunches for Learners donations on Thursday at Save on Foods to finish up this brand new two-day charity event. (Brandon Tucker/The News)

New Lunches for Learners program collects donations for Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows students

Ridge Meadows RCMP and Friends in Need Food Bank have created a two-day charity event

Ridge Meadows RCMP will start accepting Lunches for Learners donations on Thursday at Save on Foods to finish up this brand new two-day charity event. (Brandon Tucker/The News)
Executive director of the Friends In Need Food Bank, Mary Robson, is hoping more people will take part in the Plant-A-Row, Grow-A-Row program, where gardeners are being asked to grow a row of fresh vegetables for the food bank. (Special to The News)

Non-perishable food hard to find for Maple Ridge food bank

Friends In Need Food Bank seeing increase in the cost of bulk purchases

Executive director of the Friends In Need Food Bank, Mary Robson, is hoping more people will take part in the Plant-A-Row, Grow-A-Row program, where gardeners are being asked to grow a row of fresh vegetables for the food bank. (Special to The News)