Eight grocery stores in Surrey step up to replenish food bank after power outage

Seven Save-On-Foods stores and PriceSmart Foods International in Fleetwood holding weekend food drive

Surrey Food Bank Society executive director Marilyn Herrmann.

SURREY — Eight Overwaitea Food Group stores in Surrey and White Rock are stepping up to help the Surrey Food Bank replace what it lost in last weekend’s windstorm.

The food bank lost power for five days, losing all of its perishable goods and distributing almost all of its non-perishable stock to those in need in the process.

Seven Surrey Save-On-Foods stores and the PriceSmart Foods International in Fleetwood are holding a food drive this weekend to collect non-perishable food items to replenish the food bank’s stock.

Here are the eight locations:

  • Save-On-Foods South Point, 3033 152 St.
  • Save-On-Foods Newton 100 – 7320 King George Blvd
  • Save-On-Foods Nordel Crossing, 12130 Nordel Way
  • Save-On-Foods Cloverdale, 17745 64 Ave.
  • Save-On-Foods White Rock, 1641 152 St.
  • Save-On-Foods Clayton, 18710 Fraser Hwy
  • Save-On Foods King George, 10312 King George Blvd
  • PriceSmart Foods International Fleetwood, 9014 152 St.

Plus, Overwaitea and its suppliers are also replacing a large quantity of the lost perishable items, including milk, eggs, yogurt, carrots and salads.

That delivery will take place Tuesday (Sept. 8) at 8:30 a.m.

“Overwaitea has been a wonderful partner of the Surrey Food Bank for many years, and we are so grateful for such an amazing donation of milk and eggs as well as many other items that will help us catch up,” Surrey Food Bank Society executive director Marilyn Herrmann said.

During the outage, the food bank helped many people who weren’t considered low-income.

“Anyone who came received food,” Hermann told the Now on Wednesday. “One family, they’d just gone and bought groceries Friday for the next two weeks and they lost everything. She asked me to please help her, and of course we did.

“It really has made me realize what an essential service we are in the community.”

Another business to step up is Envision Financial, which this week presented a $7,740 donation to the food bank from Envision’s Full Cupboard program.

With files from Amy Reid

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