SURREY — Local New Democrat government MLAs are welcoming $58,000 in capital project funding to support a mobile community food truck for vulnerable community members in Surrey, operated by the Phoenix Drug and Alcohol Recovery & Education Society. The Phoenix Society is one of 63 community organizations benefitting from the capital project grant, which funds upgrades to community facilities, infrastructure, and equipment.
In 2019-20, the province is providing $5 million in capital project grants for organizations to buy and upgrade community facilities, infrastructure and equipment.
The capital projects program is part of the annual $140 million Community Gaming Grants program supporting about 5,000 community organizations that deliver arts and culture, sport, environment, public safety, human and social services and parent advisory councils.
“The Phoenix Society is an incredible organization that offers support to people who are struggling with addiction and homelessness,” said Rachna Singh, MLA for Surrey-Green Timbers. “This funding will allow the Phoenix Society to expand its important work by purchasing a mobile community food truck that will bring quality food directly to those who need it.”
“Every member of our community in Surrey deserves to access quality food, and this initiative increases food security for people who may struggle to access it,” said Harry Bains, MLA for Surrey-Newton. “I’m proud to see our government supporting this important work.”
“I am so pleased to see our government funding an initiative that increases food security for people in Surrey,” said Garry Begg, MLA for Surrey-Guildford. “When the vulnerable among us are supported in meeting their basic needs, like access to quality food, our entire community is stronger for it.”
“I’m inspired by the great work the Phoenix Society does for vulnerable people in our community,” said Jagrup Brar, MLA for Surrey-Fleetwood. “For too long, the previous government ignored the needs of people struggling with homelessness and addictions. This funding is another example of our government working with communities to ensure those in need are supported.”
“Food brings us all together, and every single one of us deserves access to quality, healthy meals each and every day,” said Bruce Ralston, MLA for Surrey-Whalley. “Initiatives like this mobile community meal program help us do the important work of building communities where the vulnerable among us do not go hungry.”
“Any day we can reduce barriers to supports for vulnerable people is a good day,” said Jinny Sims, MLA for Surrey-Panorama. “By providing funding for a mobile community food truck in Surrey, our government is ensuring organizations that serve vulnerable individuals are able to meet people where they are, which means more people have access to help when they need it.”
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