The Surrey Food Bank is overwhelmed as it sees a surge in people needing its resources.
Among the influx are more than 600 Syrian refugees struggling with new Western foods, and English labels they can’t read
Food bank Executive Director Marilyn Herrmann says they’ve seen 117 Syrian refugee families come to them for help.
This after 15, 583 people showed up last month looking for food, an increase of almost 2,000 from that same time last year. Herrmann says they are desperate for all the help they can get.
“Come on in. Come on down to the Surrey Food Bank. Call us, we can find a place for you to set up a table. You can share with all of our clients what ever it is you can offer to help them. Money? Of course. We don’t normally cry for money and I am not crying for it, but my gosh it would be great so we can buy even more of the items that are needed.”
She says children and babies make up a shocking 41-percent of the Food Bank’s customers.