The Langley Food Bank is an incorporated society, registered with Revenue Canada as a non-profit organization, and is entirely funded through the support of local churches, organizations, and individuals. It does not receive any support from any government bodies.
God has a special concern for those who cannot care for their own needs. He clearly calls His people to share His concern and express His compassion to the poor and needy. God’s heart towards the poor is not one of harshness or judgment, but rather one of mercy, compassion, forgiveness, and help. Scripture tells us to aggressively work to rescue the poor from the oppression of poverty through our good works and to administer true justice on their behalf, which includes showing mercy and compassion. The Langley Food Bank is a very effective voice in preaching the gospel to the poor through the good works of its volunteers because actions speak louder than words. Actions will often create the ‘pathway’ for the words to be heard. God’s call to the church is to identify with the poor, the weak, and the vulnerable, and to invest our time, energy and money in serving them. The long term objective in all that we do is to effect lasting transformation in the lives of our clients – to bring them from a life of poverty to a life of productivity and hope. We recognize the absolute need for the intervention and work of the Holy Spirit as crucial to this process as well as the vital necessity for a new and ongoing relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ His son. The Langley Food Bank Society operates the following programs:
Where Does Our Support Come From?
The Langley Food Bank does not conduct any direct fundraising activities of any kind. The Food Bank depends entirely on God to move in the hearts of people in the community to give. A foundational desire is to see God demonstrate His love towards the poor, through Him providing the supplies needed from week to week. In this way, all will need to acknowledge God’s provisions and all the glory will be to Him. (Isaiah 41:17-20) Our primary responsibility as co-workers together with God is to facilitate the collection/receiving and distribution of goods in a service of faith, obedience, compassion, and humility. In 2013, we distributed well over $2,000,000.00 worth of groceries and toys, all free of charge. All of this was donated by caring individuals, businesses, churches, schools, and civic groups in our community. Our service is an expression of our love for God and a reflection of God’s love towards the poor. It is not a religious duty or obligation, but a privilege to serve that naturally flows out of our relationship with God. Our service needs to be in a constant atmosphere and attitude of prayer, and as a result intercession forms a vital part of our serving and indeed of the entire operation of the Langley Food Bank.