DIVERSEcity extends support to those affected by food insecurity due to flooding

DIVERSEcity donates funds to support Abbotsford-based Archway Community Services’ food bank

Like everyone in the province, we at DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society have watched the tragic flooding event in the Fraser Valley and other parts of BC with shock and sorrow.

Abbotsford is a growing community with a population of 162,000, almost 30 per cent of whom are immigrants. The farming community also welcomes many temporary migrant workers, a number of whom have been displaced.

“DIVERSEcity would like to extend our deepest sympathies to all those who may now be facing displacement, income and business losses, property damage and food insecurity. To support our neighbours, we are donating $1,000 to Abbotsford-based social service agency Archway Community Services and its food bank drive to help refill their supply of food during this local emergency,” says Neelam Sahota, Chief Executive Officer, DIVERSEcity.

“Archway is grateful to DIVERSEcity for standing with us during this time of calamity,” says Rod Santiago, Executive Director, Archway. “Over the past eight days, we have partnered with numerous organizations and various levels of government to provide water and emergency food hampers to a heightened number of families, organizations, farms and to other communities up the valley. Amongst our various pivot responses to the flooding and displacement, Archway staff and volunteers are reaching out to isolated seniors in flood areas, supporting 148 displaced temporary foreign workers with nothing but the shirts on their backs, providing our community’s first drop-in centre so that those unhoused and unsheltered can have a place to be during the daytime, and coordinating the delivery of much needed supplies to the Sumas reserve. These efforts are made possible through the generosity of friends like you. Thank you DIVERSEcity for actively being a part of the solution.”

Want to help, too? Learn more and donate to Archway’s food bank here.


Photo by BC Ministry of Transportation.