Burnaby Neighbourhood House (BNH) is organizing a month-long campaign aimed at raising funds to ensure local residents have food on the table.
Throughout October, Harvesting Hope is set to help BNH continue to operate its two food hubs — one in North Burnaby (4908 Hastings St.) and one at South Burnaby's Community Hall (5024 Rumble St.) — and create a "hunger-free community."
More than 1,000 households and 1,300 people in Burnaby are supported by the hubs, BNH spokesperson Kimberly Barwich explained in a release, contributing to over 26,500 meals each month.
Barwich said the non-profit will be collecting non-perishable food items and cash donations at either location as well as online.
"The goal of the Harvesting Hope campaign is to raise awareness about the issue of hunger in our community and to collect essential food items and cash donations to help individuals and families facing food insecurity," she said.
Barwich added cash donations are "particularly impactful," noting BNH can leverage its bulk food purchasing power and buy perishables like fruit and vegetables through wholesalers at a reduced cost.
"We are committed to alleviating hunger in Burnaby and are so thankful for the support of our current partners and community members," said BNH CEO Antonia Beck.
"At BNH Food Hubs, we strive to provide a selection of fresh, healthy, local, and culturally appropriate foods for individuals and families living in Burnaby."
For more information about the Harvesting Hope campaign, you can visit the Burnaby Neighbourhood House website.