Muslim Food Bank and Community Services started in 2010 and has two main divisions through which the programs are administered; Food Bank and the ASPIRE Community Services.
Last year, our Food Bank Operations provided food hampers that are catered to specific dietary needs (vegan and religious dietary restrictions) to approximately 450 clients mostly families, or about 1,500 people. The number continues to grow as refugees come from Syria, Iraq, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Yemen and other war-torn countries and settle down in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley including Richmond, Vancouver, Surrey, Langley, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, New Westminster, Delta and Maple Ridge. On monthly basis, we also provide between 300 to 400 meals to homeless people in downtown Eastside.
The Refugee Settlement Program focuses on the unique challenges refugees face during the settlement process.
The HOPE (Healing Opportunities through Prevention and Education) project is an extension of the ASPIRE Program where we provide support to youth struggling with mental health, behavioural and substance use challenges. The ASPIRE Training Institute provides capacity-building for our volunteer caseworkers and members of the community at large, in order to strengthen their community service skills.
About the Organization
Muslim Food Bank and Community Services Society (‘Society”) is an incorporated society (S-56890) in British Columbia and a registered charity with Canada Revenue Agency (80072 0864 RR0001). The Society is run by an elected, volunteer Board of Directors. The Board oversees the Executive Director, Management Committees, staff and volunteers who manage the day-to-day operations of the programs.
Muslim Food Bank and Community Services is able to run its programs through donations of money and food. These donations come from individuals, small businesses and organizations as well as various fundraising efforts, such as our annual fundraising event or third party events run by other organizations.