At St. Joseph’s Food Bank in Mission

St. Joseph’s Food Bank helps Mission residents all year long

After Christmas, donations to the food bank tend to slow down, but the need doesn't.

While the holiday season is winding down, the need to help others never stops.

At St. Joseph’s Food Bank in Mission, volunteers help to feed people at any time of the year. However, Christmas is particularly busy.

“We get most of our donations by people when they go to buy groceries,” explained John Poston, executive director at St. Joseph’s Food Bank. “They drop off items into the boxes that we provide. I’m finding that the people of Mission are very, very generous.”

He said donations during this holiday season have been comparable to last year, and organizers are pleased with the amount that people are donating.

But after Christmas, things really slow down. Poston said so much food is often donated in December that the extra helps to carry the food bank during the slower period in January.

No matter what month it is, St. Joseph’s is there to help.

“We distribute food twice a month and give out about 300 hampers a month.”

In all, the food bank has about 1,300 registrations for help, and the need continues to grow.

“We register, at least, in the neighbourhood of 20 new families a month.”

But not everybody needs help every month.

While he dislikes the term, Poston said the people the food bank helps are the “working poor.”

“All of the people we help have a residence in Mission. We’re basically helping the residents of Mission who just can’t make it month to month.”

Whether it’s a family where someone has lost a job, or a person on disability, Poston said some people just don’t have the money to meet all of their expenses and put food on the table.

“Some people come every month, some stagger once every two months. Others drop off then come back a year later for help.”

Poston said they will only take a registered person off the list if they haven’t come in for five years.

“Everybody needs help now and then.”

Fundraiser:

Next week, Arsenault Tree Service will hold a fundraiser for the food bank. People are invited to bring their Christmas trees to be chipped. The cost is by donation with all proceeds going to St. Joseph’s Food Bank.

The event takes place on Saturday, Jan. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, 32550 7th Ave.

 

Just Posted

Trial begins for man charged with 2010 murder of Mandy Johnson

Langley single mom was fatally shot while in vehicle in Abbotsford

KPU campuses go smoke-free starting Jan. 21 – and that includes vaping

‘We didn’t make this decision lightly’ says prez of the Surrey-based institution

City wants to know about danger quakes pose to Abbotsford’s dike system

City commissioning report to examine seismically unstable flood protections

Woman charged in Abbotsford mall stabbing served time for 2001 killing

Victim in Edmonton killing was stabbed eight times with kitchen knife

Trial date scheduled for man charged with killing Abbotsford officer

Oscar Arfmann slated to go to trial in New Westminster in January 2019

VIDEO: Orcas put on a show near Hornby Island

Louis Jobodin shares photos and video of his experience

VIDEO: Nurse’s experience treating Rohingya refugees heart-wrenching

Kalisse Barwich spent three weeks working inside 24-bed Rohingya care unit in Bangladesh

Packed house gives Giants extra boost

Largest crowd at Langley Events Centre since opening night last season

Bank of Canada hikes interest rate to 1.25%, cites strong economic data

The rate increase is expected to prompt Canada’s large banks to raise their prime lending rates

5 to start your day

BC Liberals staffer in court for ethnic vote scandal, friends mourn boy killed in Vancouver and more

Trump aces mental aptitude test designed by Canadian immigrant

“This is a good example, I think, that will be helpful to change views about immigration. And maybe for Mr. Trump himself to consider immigrants as contributors to advancing science, advancing our societies.”

Rival Koreas agree to form first unified Olympic team

The rival Koreas took major steps toward reducing their bitter animosity

Canada, U.S. lead call for sanctions against North Korea

Foreign ministers from 20 countries are meeting in Vancouver to discuss security and stability on the Korean Peninsula

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh announces engagement

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh engaged to clothing designer Gurkiran Kaur

Most Read