Hope 4 Hunger launched in Hope

The non-profit organization aims to support The Joshua Project and local schools

Coun. Heather Stewin (right) helps Hope 4 Hunger founder Tanya Prest (left) dish out chili and hot dogs during a free lunch at Northwest Harvest Church on Saturday.

A new initiative has been launched in Hope to help eradicate hunger.

Tanya Prest founded Hope 4 Hunger, a non-profit organization, to support The Joshua Project and local schools.

“I’m a single mom and the Joshua Project has fed us, helped us and supported us in our long journey,” she said. “I just decided that I wanted to do something for them. It’s important to me since they’ve done so much for us.”

Prest is raising money for her cause through monthly meals on the third Saturday of every month. It’s an opportunity for people to come together for a meal, volunteer or make a donation. The first meal, a chilli and hot dog lunch, was held on Dec. 20 at Northwest Harvest Church. The next one will take place on Jan. 24.

Prest’s goal is to raise $10,000 to donate to the Joshua Project as well as feed 2,000 children a hot lunch by the end of 2015. In addition to donations from monthly meals, she’s hoping to raise funds through Hope for Hunger t-shirt sales. She’s currently looking for donations to help pay for the first batch of t-shirts, which will be sold for $10 each.

“People are hungry all the time, not just at the holidays,” said Prest, who has volunteered for The Joshua Project and seen first-hand the need in Hope. “One meal changes the way a person thinks, feels, it changes their attitude, it changes the way they work. It’s a simple thing and it doesn’t cost much.”

For more information about the Hope 4 Hunger initiative, call Prest at 604-749-7122 or email tanyaprest@gmail.com

Just Posted

Westbound crash on Highway 1 in Langley causing extreme traffic delays

Collision occured just after Glover Road, cars backed up all the way to 264th Street

Local Liberal MP Jati Sidhu says he forgives Trudeau for brownface photos

Sidhu says Trudeau ‘didn’t know any better’ and that photos will prompt discussion

Blowback from the Trudeau in brownface debacle reaches Chilliwack

PM in questionable photos released in the middle of the federal election campaign had ripple effects

Local Liberal candidate says ad showing him with Abbotsford police officer was ‘not acceptable’

Jati Sidhu said advertisement only appeared for 30 minutes and was created by Montreal company

Prospera and Westminster credit unions approved for proposed merger

Abbotsford- and Surrey-based companies now take matter to membership vote

VIDEO: Grizzly bears fight along northern B.C. highway in rare footage

Cari McGillivray posted the head-turning video, shot near Stewart, B.C., to social media

Handgun crackdown, health spending and transit plans latest campaign promises

Friday was the end of a busy week on the campaign trail

B.C. woman photographs massive ant swarm on Abbotsford driveway

She asked what the ants were doing? The answer: war

Police arrest B.C. phone scammer linked to illegal call centres in India

Person arrested in Burnaby here on a work visa, says police

Air Canada forced girl, 12, to remove hijab: civil rights group

The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations calling for change

Man from Winnipeg who was hiking alone found dead in Banff National Park

RCMP say the man was hiking alone on Mount Temple Thursday

Takaya, B.C.’s intriguing lone wolf, seen eating seal and howling away on Discovery Island

Fun facts about Takaya the wolf, like his a 36-hour tour around Chatham, Discovery Islands

Surrey school district OKs students skipping class for global climate strike

Students must be excused from school by parents; will be able to make up missed work without penalty

Most Read