Sources South Surrey/White Rock Food Bank’s crippled refrigeration truck is back on the road thanks to community response to news its catalytic converter had been stolen. (File photo)

Sources South Surrey/White Rock Food Bank’s crippled refrigeration truck is back on the road thanks to community response to news its catalytic converter had been stolen. (File photo)

Community steps up to get Sources’ food bank truck on the road

Individuals, businesses help fix vehicle that had been damaged by theft

One week after news that thieves had crippled Sources White Rock/South Surrey Food Bank’s refrigeration truck got out, the vehicle is back on the road.

In an announcement posted to Sources website Wednesday afternoon, officials thanked “all the caring individuals and businesses who stepped up for us in our time of need.”

“After the news broke of the break-in at our White Rock/South Surrey Food Bank and the stolen catalytic converter, we received many offers of help to get our truck back on the road as soon as possible,” the announcement states.

“Your donations allowed us to fix our Truck, and will help us to improve our security and stock the shelves at the Food Bank.”

Peace Arch News reported last week that the catalytic converter from the Ford F450 – used by the South Surrey and Langley food banks to pick up dairy and produce – had been pilfered.

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The theft was discovered by food bank staff the week prior, and had put a damper on filling the food banks’ shelves with the important fare. It happened just before the organization was to put the newly acquired truck into service.

“Sometimes we get a call from a business that has skids of dairy, but they won’t let you pick it up unless you have a refrigeration truck,” food bank manager Jaye Murray told PAN at the time.

After the story went public, offers to help poured in, Sources officials say. They helped fix the truck and will also benefit increased security measures at the food bank.

“Our hearts are warmed knowing we have such a supportive community around us,” the announcement states.