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

VANCOUVER DESI

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.


Tags: , , , , , , , ,





Featured

DESI-SURREY-BURNABY

B.C. wrestler awarded belated gold medal

VANCOUVER DESI Burnaby Central graduate Amar Dhesi has become the first Indo Canadian to win gold at the FILA Junior World Championships in freestyle wrestling….
Continue Reading »

Desi Sex

Australian political candidate fired for promoting Sunny Leone’s Melbourne tour (w/gallery)

VANCOUVER DESI A political candidate in Australia has been fired for his reported involvement in the promotions for Indo Canadian porn star Sunny Leone’s upcoming…
Continue Reading »

murder-British-India

South African judge will decide whether to throw out honeymoon murder case

CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA THE ASSOCIATED PRESS JOHANNESBURG — A South African judge will rule Dec. 8 on whether to dismiss the murder case against a British…
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

Black-Friday-Sale-1

Coupon Queen: Tips for Surviving Black Friday Mania

RUBY BEDI BAINS VANCOUVER DESI You may be planning on crossing the border to head to the US but take note Canadian retailers have embraced…
Continue Reading »

DESI-SURREY-BURNABY

B.C. wrestler awarded belated gold medal

VANCOUVER DESI Burnaby Central graduate Amar Dhesi has become the first Indo Canadian to win gold at the FILA Junior World Championships in freestyle wrestling….
Continue Reading »

ParkerWiggins

Spice Sports: Top 2 NBA Draft Picks go Head-to-Head!

GOPI AND THE GORA FOR VANCOUVER DESI TUNE IN TO SPICE SPORTS, M-F, 5-7PM ON SPICE RADIO 1200AM Last night, for the first time this…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

NDP Minister

Editorial: Amrik Virk should do the honourable thing and resign

THE PROVINCE If Advanced Education Minister and former Mountie Amrik Virk doesn’t understand why he should resign his portfolio, Premier Christy Clark should ease him…
Continue Reading »

murder-suicide

Girls hanged from tree died by suicide, say Indian investigators who ruled out gang rape

MUNEEZA NAQVI THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW DELHI — India’s top investigative agency said Thursday that two teenage girls believed to have been raped and hanged…
Continue Reading »

Surrey crash-desi

Surrey crash victim’s son says deporting parolee would ‘send a message’

TOM ZYTARUK SURREY NOW SURREY — A Surrey man who killed an elderly man when he smashed his brother’s Corvette into a Surrey bus shelter…
Continue Reading »

Islamophobia

Stereotyping is alive and well when it comes to Muslim and Sikh religious symbols in Canada

GORDON MCINTYRE VANCOUVER DESI One-third of British Columbians believe radicalized people live among us, according to a poll commissioned by The Province. The survey of…
Continue Reading »

TANDOORI KINGS OF COMEDY

Abbotsford comics’ bid for TV show doesn’t make the cut

VANCOUVER DESI After more than a month of contest challenges and video production, two Abbotsford comedians’ pitch for a cross-cultural comedy show will not be…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

Desi Sex

Australian political candidate fired for promoting Sunny Leone’s Melbourne tour (w/gallery)

VANCOUVER DESI A political candidate in Australia has been fired for his reported involvement in the promotions for Indo Canadian porn star Sunny Leone’s upcoming…
Continue Reading »

Veena Malik

Bollywood actress Veena Malik’s five top controversies before blasphemy charges

HINDUSTAN TIMES Controversy seems to be Veena Malik’s second name. As she accepted herself in an interview to Hindustan Times a few years back, it…
Continue Reading »

Bollywood sex

Sonam Kapoor: Bollywood’s ‘hungry young woman’

IANS New Delhi – Actress Sonam Kapoor seems to have taken inspiration from Bollywood’s angry young man title, but with a twist. The actress has…
Continue Reading »