Contributions from Iglesia Ni Cristo, Church Of Christ, Nationwide Campaign

SURREY, Canada | More than 51,000 lbs. of donated food are in the hands of nine local food banks in Western and Eastern Canada at the end of a 2-week food drive contribution from volunteers of the INC Giving Project (I-N-C Giving). The project is an extension of the global commitment to community partnership of the international religious organization Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC or Church Of Christ).

On Saturday, Feb. 24, the Surrey Food Bank Society picked up 150 boxes, approximately 5,000 lbs., from the INC house of worship in Surrey, British Columbia. Despite the snowfall, 400 volunteers worked together to load the donations into the truck headed to the Surrey Food Bank Society’s main warehouse in Whalley. “Coming out here to the Church Of Christ today, it’s a really a great feeling for us,” said Feezah Jaffer, Executive Director of Surrey Food Bank Society. “The clients are just people like you and I. They’re seniors, they’re refugees, they’re the working poor, they’re people on assistance, people with injury, young families, young children. We rely on donors 100 percent, so it’s community helping community.”

The nationwide food drive began last week; approximately 23,000 lbs. were gifted on Feb. 17 and 18, at events like the one in Surrey, to the Edmonton Food Bank, Calgary Food Bank, Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society and The Mustard Seed of Victoria. Fort McMurray’s Wood Buffalo Food Bank will also receive their donations this Wednesday. Across the country, an additional 23,000 lbs. were also donated this weekend to another three food banks in Ottawa and the Greater Toronto area. Aniska Ali, Director of Development & Marketing of North York Harvest Food Bank, shared similar sentiments as she received, together with the Daily Bread Food Bank and Ottawa Food Bank, 586 boxes of food at the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) District Office in Toronto, Ontario.

“People are hungry all year around; those core source of nutrition will be offered to those who rely on us for help,” she said. “Watching so many folks come together to make such a huge impact in not only the city they live in, but you’re all over – that’s commitment to making sure your impact is far reaching.” The joint effort of INC members across Canada is one of many international campaigns of the INC’s socio-civic programs aimed to strengthen the bond between the congregations of the Church Of Christ and the communities in which they serve. “While we strongly believe it is our responsibility to share our Christian faith, we also understand that as Christians, it is also our shared responsibility to do our best to address the basic human necessities of our fellow Canadians – such as, hunger, poverty, homelessness and the like,” said Rolando Gaviola, District Minister of the Western Canada INC congregations.

The INC continues to fulfill its pledge of sharing the gospel and extending help, to the best of its ability, through aid and services, promoting education, socio-economic well-being, environmental awareness and health improvement. This is done with the help of local governments and community establishments, through the Aid To Humanity Program of the Felix Y. Manalo (FYM) Foundation and also the worldwide volunteer force of the INC Giving Project.

Eastern Canada – 586 boxes, 23,000 lbs., donated to Ottawa Food Bank, Daily Bread Food Bank (pictured, CEO, Neil Hetherington), and North York Harvest Food Bank (pictured, Director of Development & Marketing, Aniska Ali). Program and donation pick up occurred on Feb. 24, 2018 at the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC or Church Of Christ) District Office at 3321 McNicoll Ave., Scarborough, Ontario.

About the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) or Church Of Christ

The Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) or Church Of Christ is a global Christian Church that upholds Bible-based Christian teachings. It comprises 6,000 local congregations and missions in 142 countries and territories (around 370 local congregations and missions are in the US and Canada alone), and its membership consists of 133 ethnic groups and nationalities. Western Canada – 5,000 lbs. donated to Surrey Food Bank Society (pictured, Executive Director, Feezah Jaffer). One of six organizations in Western Canada who received an additional 23,000 lbs. last week. Donation pick up occurred on Feb. 24, 2018 at the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC or Church Of Christ) Surrey house of worship at 15145 68 Avenue, Surrey, British Columbia.

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