BCMA Masjid Al-Salaam Burn­aby hosted its fi­nal Monthly Food bank

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On May 6th, Masjid Al-Salaam in Burn­aby hosted its fi­nal monthly food bank be­fore Ra­madan. Mrs. Doris Mah, who works in Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment at the of­fice of Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Peter Ju­lian, from the rid­ing of New West­min­ster-Burn­aby was in at­ten­dance. Doc­u­ments from the RCMP which were trans­lated into Ara­bic, in- clud­ing a guide for new­com­ers to Canada and a colour­ing book for chil­dren on safety were dis­trib­uted. The Burn­aby Branch has been run­ning a food bank out of the mosque on Canada Way since 2007 and is will dis­trib­ute over 42,000 pounds of food this year. The food bank opened in 2007, serv­ing just five lo­cal needy fam­i­lies, but now has over 100 re­cip­i­ent fam­i­lies, many with large num­bers of chil­dren. On the first Sun­day of each month, vol­un­teers pack the food. Fam­i­lies re­ceive a 70-pound bas­ket of items in­clud­ing meat, oil, canned goods, break­fast ce­real, crack­ers, fresh bread, sugar, salt, tea, cof­fee, juice, mar­garine, peas and much more. Most of the re­cip­i­ents are from war torn coun­tries in Africa, and from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.

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