Surrey: The B.C. government has announced to fund Cloverdale Community Kitchen to support more seniors with affordable, hot, nutritious meals delivered to their doors.

In a press release, the government said improving food security and reducing poverty for British Columbians, especially in times of global inflation affecting the cost of living, is a top priority for the government and the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction.

CCK began its operations in 2011 and provides meals to a growing number of seniors in the community. Since taking over the clients of the White Rock Meals on Wheels, which closed after 51 years of operation, CCK now serves approximately 58,000 meals annually through its newly expanded dinner program.

“CCK is able to do this work with the help of volunteers who donate their time to help others. With its current setup, the kitchen has reached capacity and is able to cook 1,200 meals per week. With the new $44,000 investment from the B.C. government, CCK will be able to expand its operation with the addition of a new commercial dishwasher, along with a new walk-in cooler, which will help it serve more seniors with meals directly to their door, including favourites such as burgers and fries, with a fresh salad and dessert,” the press release added. 

“This service is very needed as it’s affordable and I am not able to cook meals. I appreciate the amazing meals which are cooked with TLC,” said Joy Stepan, CCK client. 

“The volunteers deliver with kindness and love, bringing a sense of community especially after COVID,” he added. 

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