Anahita Mahmoodi

Anahita Mahmoodi

Community shares food, faith

Organizers describe interfaith lunch at White Rock's St. John's Presbyterian Church as 'a wonderful event.'

Around 120 people turned out Saturday for an interfaith lunch held at St. John’s Presbyterian Church.

The event, part of an ongoing, community-led ‘Interfaith Bi-Weekly Food Ministry’, the third-annual event welcomed guests from White Rock and Surrey, many of them seniors.

“It was a wonderful event,” organizer Arun Chatterjee said in a post-lunch email.

“Our lunch meets an important need for people in the community. During the festive time of the year, this is the only community lunch available in the White Rock area (possibly in Surrey, too). Lot of seniors and homeless guests depend on it.”

Chatterjee said guests enjoyed dishes including moong halwa and shahi paneer.

He thanked Sheila Jakus and volunteers – who ranged in age from seven years to in their eighties, and included students from H.T. Thrift and Hyland elementaries, Panorama Ridge and Semiahmoo secondaries and SFU – for helping make the event a success, along with Nanak Foods, for donating paneer, snacks and desserts.

Prayers from various faith traditions were also shared, Chatterjee said.

 

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