White Rock Youth Ambassadors prepare to deliver to February’s Bunches of Lunches recipients. (bunchesoflunches.ca photo)

White Rock Youth Ambassadors prepare to deliver to February’s Bunches of Lunches recipients. (bunchesoflunches.ca photo)

White Rock Youth Ambassadors partner to deliver ‘Bunches of Lunches’ for seniors

Program raises funds for weekend meal program for students

A Semiahmoo Peninsula-based initiative described as “a simple act of kindness with no strings” is filling the hearts and tummies of young and old alike.

A partnership of White Rock Youth Ambassadors, White Rock Elks and Peninsula Retirement Residence, Bunches of Lunches launched last fall.

According to information at bunchesoflunches.ca, it offers no-charge meals once every two months to seniors aged 65 and older who live in the South Surrey/White Rock area. The meals are chef-prepared at Peninsula Retirement Residence and delivered by the WRYA “2019/2021 Royalty Team.”

(Due to COVID-19 preventing in-person training during the pandemic, all 2020/21 candidates were crowned as ambassadors and are to compete for royalty titles in 2021; and, the reign of the 2019-20 royalty team, led by Miss White Rock Sasha Reynolds, was extended by a year.)

According to the website information, the initiative came together after Corry-Ann Neilands of the retirement residence expressed interest in joining the Elks. Club president Leah McGovern had been wondering how the club could let seniors know that they are important during the pandemic, and Neilands’ inquiry opened the door.

The Elks connection as long-time sponsors of the youth ambassadors filled the missing link.

The first lunches were delivered on Nov. 18. The second delivery followed in February – unfazed by snowfall – and the third is set for this weekend (April 10).

While the lunches are delivered at no cost to those who sign up, any donations benefit the Backpack Buddies program, which discreetly provides a weekend’s worth of meals and snacks every Friday to students in need.

READ MORE: Surrey council earmarks $1.8M in grants for community groups

The youth ambassadors are hoping to raise $3,000 for Backpack Buddies this year – enough to serve up 1,800 meals.

That final component makes Bunches of Lunches – with youth helping seniors helping youth – “the perfect circle of kindness,” the website notes.

The deadline to sign up for this month’s lunch delivery is today (April 8), however, those who miss out need not dismay – the deliveries are to recur every once every two months throughout 2021.

For more information, or to sign up for the next round, visit bunchesoflunches.ca



tholmes@peacearchnews.com
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

charityfundraisingSurreyWhite Rock

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Surrey School District building. (File photo)
‘We’re in a financial lockdown’: Surrey school district working with $40M budget deficit

District, board points to lack of immigration for new student enrolment

Surrey-raised Tetsuro Shigematsu wrote and stars in “1 Hour Photo,” a Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre’s production to be presented online by Surrey Civic Theatres on April 23-24. (submitted photo/Raymond Shum)
‘This Japanese kid who grew up in Whalley’ thrilled to return with acclaimed ‘1 Hour Photo’

City’s Digital Stage to show Tetsuro Shigematsu’s solo portrait of Mas Yamamoto

Steve Serbic, assistant chief of operations for the Surrey Fire Service, has written a book, “The Unbroken” delving into his struggles with post-traumatic stress. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
Surrey firefighter writes book to ‘be part of the change’ in stigma around post-traumatic stress

‘The Unbroken’ details Steve Serbic’s childhood, career and journey dealing with mental health issues

Everett Cummings in a tribute video posted to dignitymemorial.com.
Mechanic’s death at Surrey dock results in $200K fine for company, union says

Photos of rally outside Surrey court posted on ILWU’s ‘Kill A Worker Go To Jail’ Facebook page

Fish processing workers fillet farm-raised salmon in Surrey B.C. Photo courtesy BCSFA
Discovery Islands salmon farm removal impacts jobs in B.C.’s Lower Mainland: report

The City of Surrey is the hub of the salmon farming industry in Metro Vancouver

Demonstrators at the legislature on April 14 called on the province to decriminalize drug possession and provide widespread access to regulated safe supply across B.C. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Rally calls for decriminalization, safe supply on 5th anniversary of overdose emergency declaration

From 2016 to the end of February, 7,072 British Columbians died due to overdose

(Government of Canada)
Liberal MP caught stark naked during House of Commons video conference

William Amos, in Quebec, appeared on the screens of his fellow members of Parliament completely naked

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature, Feb. 1, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 case count jumps to 1,168 Wednesday, nearly 400 in hospital

Now 120 coronavirus patients in intensive care, six more deaths

Moss covered branches are seen in the Avatar Old Growth Forest near Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island, B.C. Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. blockades aimed at protecting old-growth forests reveal First Nation split

Two Pacheedaht chiefs say they’re ‘concerned about the increasing polarization over forestry activities’ in the territory

Richmond RCMP Chief Superintendent Will Ng said, in March, the force received a stand-out number of seven reports of incidents that appeared to have “racial undertones.” (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)
‘Racially motivated’ incidents on the rise in B.C’s 4th largest city: police

Three incidents in Richmond are currently being invested as hate crimes, says RCMP Chief Superintendent Will Ng

A still from the video taken of a violent arrest on May 30, 2020 in downtown Kelowna. (File)
Kelowna Mountie charged with assault for caught-on-camera violent arrest

Const. Siggy Pietrzak was filmed punching a suspected impaired driver at least 10 times during an arrest

A screenshot from a Nuu-chah-nulth healing song and performance created in collaboration between Hjalmer Wenstob and Timmy Masso. (Screenshot from YouTube)
VIDEO: Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation brothers produce COVID-19 healing song

Hjalmer Wenstob and Timmy Masso share dance and inspiration.

Health Canada headquarters in Ottawa. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)
Health Canada releases guidelines for reducing COVID-19 transmission at home

Improve indoor air quality by opening up your windows and doors, among the encouraged ventilation measures

Most Read