The Langley Food Bank is open for distribution every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10AM until 2PM. It was first opened in September 1989 and has always had many enthusiastic volunteers who help in a variety of tasks including distribution, cleaning, food packaging, paperwork, and sorting.
There are currently about 600 client families registered at the Langley Food Bank . Including dependents, we are helping over 1,000 people with their food requirements each week. In 2013, over 19,000 hampers were provided to our clients.
In order to help us meet these objectives, the Langley Food Bank has been set up in a mini-mart style. Groceries are stocked in various categories on store shelves so that clients can make their own selection from each category. Quantity limits are set depending on the size of the family. Langley Food Bank volunteers assist each client in making their selections and bagging their groceries. Registered clients may come for groceries once each week.
Client Eligibility Requirements
In order to register as a client of the Langley Food Bank, a potential client must be a resident of Langley and make an appointment for an intake interview. For the interview, they are asked to bring documentation of their residency in Langley, all the members of the household, as well as all household income and expenses.
All potential clients (except one time visits) must book an appointment and go through the registration process. In order to remain a client, clients must also have their registration reviewed every six months to ensure that all information on file is accurate and up to date. Almost all who apply for help are accepted and registered if they complete the process. However, if someone does not meet the eligibility requirements, other forms of help (e.g. budgeting or other life skills) that may be more appropriate are suggested with referrals offered to other agencies or programs.
Our objective is to discover the best way to help. We want to do our best to provide a helping hand, not free handouts that reinforce long term dependency.
When the Langley Food Bank’s present facility was fully operational in April of 1998, we celebrated with a grand opening ceremony where this prayer was offered by Case Koolhaas who, at the time, was the president of the Langley Help Network board of directors and also chair of the Langley Ministerial Association. This prayer serves as a kind of “Lord’s prayer” for us: a model we can use to pray for this ministry on a regular basis. Please take the time to pray for this ministry, as anything of significance that will happen through the work done here will only occur as a result of prayer.
Our service needs to be in a constant atmosphere and attitude of prayer because God’s word implores us to pray without ceasing, so that God will not only bless His people with food and clothing, but also draw them unto himself through our love, concern, and compassion. Consequently, intercession forms a vital part of our serving and indeed, of the entire operation of the Langley Food Bank.