By Anna Burns, Surrey Now-Leader
The Surrey Food Bank has organized the first of what they hope will be an annual car wash and barbecue.
The food bank asked for food donations in exchange for a car wash, a hot dog or both.
The event also included a special visit from the Surrey Fire Service, who are big supporters of the food bank.
Executive Director Nancy Pagani said that since the pandemic hit everyone has been detached from the community.
“It’s a time to get out there and reconnect with the community, get involved and let everyone know we’re still here,” Pagani said.
Summers are usually a quiet time for the food bank, but this year was the opposite. They have been incredibly busy.
The food bank saw its clientele increase by 21% and its donations decrease by 30%.
Many of their new clients are large new immigrant families.
Pagani said they feed around 12,000 to 13,000 people a month in Surrey and the North Delta.
Their biggest needs are canned food, prepared foods, formula, and diapers.
For more information about the food bank and where you can drop off donations or register as a customer, visit their website at www.surreyfoodbank.org.