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Community cupboard in Abbotsford is open 24 hours a day

Program at Mill Lake Church has no barriers to access food
The Mill Lake Community Cupboard is now open at Mill Lake Church on Marshall Road in Abbotsford. (Submitted photo)

A new food program in Abbotsford is inviting people to “take what you need, leave what you can.”

The Mill Lake Community Cupboard celebrated its grand opening on Nov. 8 at Mill Lake Church (33218 Marshall Rd.), and is the first of its kind in Abbotsford.

The program involves a “cupboard” located in the church parking lot – with access from the sidewalk – that people can use 24 hours a day. The cupboard is filled with non-perishable food, and people are invited to take what they need at no cost and without having to leave their name or any other information.

The cupboard – built by Greg Stewart – also contains items such as diapers and hygiene products.

Donations can be left in the cupboard or dropped off at the church during office hours – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and Sunday mornings.

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As well, items can be dropped off during a food drive event at the church on Friday, Dec. 1 from 2 to p.m.

The team behind the Mill Lake Community Cupboard includes Jasmine Bhambra, community builder with the United Way; Elise Goertz, community engagement specialist with the United Way B.C.; and Pastor Randy Lemke from Mill Lake Church.

At the grand opening on Nov. 8, remarks were delivered by Lemke; Bhambra; Mayor Ross Siemens; Alison Gutrath, community engagement specialist with the United Way; Vicki Lin, Abbotsford Food Hub coordinator; Sabine Mendez, coordinator of Abbotsford Access; and Yves Trudel, Fraser Valley regional director with the United Way.

“This project’s success is a testament to the power of collaboration, with partnerships, sponsorships, and the dedicated support of volunteers playing a pivotal role,” a statement from the United Way reads.

“As we embark on this journey, we look forward to making a lasting impact in Abbotsford, ensuring that the Mill Lake Community Cupboard remains a source of comfort and assistance for those in need.”

Those wanting more information, can send an email to or vist “Mill Lake Community Cupboard” on Facebook.

Jasmine Bhambra (left) and Elise Goertz with the United Way BC celebrate the opening of the Mill Lake Community Cupboard on Nov. 8. (Submitted photo)