Frequently Asked Questions
- Can anyone come to the food bank?
No. People who come to the Surrey Food Bank must register with us to become a client and must meet low income requirements in order to qualify to register. Make sure to check out our list of registration requirements.
- How often can registered clients pick up food?
People can choose their food items once every fourteen days.
- Are you really helping feed 14,000 people a month?
Yes. In 2016 we provided over 54,838 hampers to families living in Surrey and North Delta. In addition we also provide food support for a number of recovery houses, safe houses, shelters, youth centres, soup kitchens, and specialty food banks in our communities.
- How many children do you help?
41% of our clients are children and babies.
- What do you need the most?
See The Healthy Plate, our top eight list of most needed items.
- Is it better to donate money or food?
It is really a matter of the donor’s preference. We need both food and money to help us to fulfill our vision.
The combination is very powerful for us. Food enables us to offer food bank recipients a wonderful variety of food items to choose from and the money enables us to purchase much needed food items – produce, protein, formula and nutritional supplement for seniors – that we typically don’t get in sufficient quantities. We are able to stretch the donated dollars because we purchase food in large quantities at discounted prices.
- What do I do if my question isn’t listed here?
Ask us! You can reach us at 604.581.5443 or via email.