BURNABY (NEWS 1130) — As many families struggle financially due to COVID-19, with some not being able to put food on the table, firefighters are trying to help out one hamper at a time.
This week alone, 160 firefighters will be donating more than 500 care packages to those in need.
Scott Alleyn, vice president of the Burnaby Firefighters Association, says firefighters wanted to find a direct way to help families in need.
“Our firefighters are very committed to assisting Burnaby families, and we understand that the past few months have been very challenging for many people,” he tells NEWS 1130.
The hampers include ingredients and the recipe for vegetarian pasta with food donated from the Burnaby Firefighters Charitable Association.
“We felt that having a vegetable pasta knowing that our community within Burnaby is very diverse, that the meal would be inclusive of all families,” Alleyn says.
He says he understands the past few months have been tough on a lot of people.
“We thought that if we were able to have an initiative that would impact the family directly by giving them a little bit of food security, right off the bat that this would maybe show a gap until they search other resources within the city.”
Alleyn says there will some fire safety literature included in the drop-offs too.
About half of the packages have been delivered so far and the rest will be going out over the next few days.
-With files from Tarnjit Parmar