Many of you will remember "The Hot Lunch Ministry" that went on for many years at the church. At the request of the city, ministries like this were discontinued as the city moved ahead offering modular housing and an on-site feeding program for those in need. Northwood, however, continued to feel a call towards offering essentials to those in need. We were delighted to commence a 5-part partnership with DIVERSEcity, the United Way, the City of Surrey and the Farmer's Market Cooperative.
With the assistance of a grant received, this partnership allowed food to be reclaimed from grocery stores and farmer's markets (excess foods, items nearing expiration, damaged packaging, etc.) and then be repackaged into food hampers that were given to new immigrants to Canada who have been directly impacted by Covid-19. (There were other food-hubs that reach other sectors of the population; however, this one focuses on people new to Canada.)
The program provided 50-70 hampers each week that are then delivered by volunteers to grateful recipients. It started on December 12th and concluded at the end of March. Thank you for your prayers and participation with this new outreach program.
We look forward to future opportunities to partner with other amazing organizations and offer outreach ministry into the community.