Surrey furniture company gets behind food bank’s fresh produce for seniors program

Published: September 11, 2013
Surrey Food Bank

Jaz Dindas, Kora Pridy (From Van Gogh) and Marilynn Hermann from food bank. Submitted photo. Submitted photo


SURREY – After 20 years in business, Surrey’s custom furniture manufacturer, Van Gogh Designs, is giving back to the community through the local food bank’s latest program.

On Wednesday, Van Gogh Designs staff and the Surrey Food Bank officially launched the Proper Nutrition for Seniors program — part of the charity’s new 65+ Pledge Club.

The program promotes healthy eating and provides nutritious food to seniors and Van Gogh Designs donated $2,000 to help get the program off the ground and will continue to support it in the coming years, while encouraging others to donate and pledge.

“We live in this community and we felt that it was important for us to give back,” said company spokeswoman Kora Pridy. “We heard that there is a need for a program like this with the food bank.”

According to Surrey Food Bank executive director Marilyn Herrman, the program allows seniors to come into the food bank to choose the foods they’d like to have, from portion to product, and offers more than just non-perishable items, such as fresh produce and dairy products — something the food bank desperately needs.

“It’s incredibly important, we’re really more and more looking at how can we help clients come not to just fill their tummies but to fill their tummies with good nutrition,” said Herrman.

“People who are vulnerable like children and seniors — that could be the difference between a good life and not as good a life.”

Van Gogh Designs got behind the initiative because it was something the staff could relate to, said Pridy.

“We all have parents and grandparents and … the thought of them not being provided with proper nutrition just sort of hit home for us,”she said. “And it’s right in our community.”

Since the food bank doesn’t receive any government funding, it relies solely on donors like Van Gogh Designs.

“We rely completely on our community partners and our individual businesses and neighbours … for the food bank to be able to exist,” said Herrman.

The first-ever 65+ Seniors Distribution Day was held at the Surrey Food Bank on Wednesday with local chef Marilyn Pearson of Cuisine and Company demonstrating healthy recipes using ingredients from the food hamper and Van Gogh Designs’ donations. All recipes were taken from the food bank’s Thrifty Kitchen Cookbook, which was then given to clients.

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