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4 Programs Improving Access to Food

Posted on: June 22, 2022

Food insecurity is rising in Canada. According to a recent survey, 1 in 5 Canadians is going hungry due to a rise in food prices. The Food Banks Canada poll found lower-income Canadians are the hardest hit. At NewToBC, we know that many of our newcomers struggle. Often, you’re struggling to restart your pre-arrival careers, you’re working long hours and multiple jobs, and it’s tough to find the money for the increasing cost of food. Just know there are a number of organizations that are available to help you, should you need it.

gathered unsold produce from the supermarket

Immigrant Link Centre Society

The Immigrant Link Centre Society started with a small group of immigrants who watched a documentary about food waste during an English as a Second Language (ESL) program in Coquitlam, BC.

First, the group formed the idea for a free food project called “Win Win” and gathered unsold food from grocery stores with the goal to stop good edible food from entering landfills. More importantly, they realized quickly how much edible and nutritious food could be diverted to students of the program. Today, they focus on serving new immigrants with low-income and people who are seeking refuge in Canada. Subsequently, “Win Win” believes that no one should struggle to obtain the necessities of life and are committed to saving resources, energy, and time while improving access to nutritious foods.

vegetarian halal food

In short, if you would like to find healthy food, at no cost, please fill out this form

Muslim Food Bank

Muslim Food Bank and Community Services Society (“MFBCS”) provides food hampers to cater to specific dietary and cultural needs (vegan or religious dietary restrictions). You can contact them at 1.866.248.3868 Ext 1 for an appointment to register for service.

volunteers packing food bank bag

Food Banks Canada

Food Banks Canada serves people of all ages and walks of life. First, the staff and volunteers work to create a positive, safe, and welcoming environment for you. In addition, you can expect to be welcomed and treated with patience, understanding, dignity and respect. Moreover, they know the decision to come to a Food Bank can be a difficult one and they work hard to help you feel at ease and supported. 

Surrey Libraries

The Surrey Libraries offer a reservoir of resources and information to help you. 

Woman reading cookbook

With the increasing access to diverse foods in this country, we know that these organizations will be able to assist you in finding the food you need. Please share this with your networks. Please reach out and accept a helping hand if you need it. And please give back through donations or volunteering when you can.