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Riba's Story.

November 15, 2019

Meet Riba. A client and an active volunteer at the food bank, Riba exemplifies how your generosity changes people’s lives—and not just by putting food on the table of families in need.

Riba and her family came to Canada from Egypt. Trained in pharmacy, Riba came in search of new opportunities, both for herself and for her two kids. But like many newcomers to Canada, Riba had trouble finding a job that matched her qualifications. She decided to put her career on hold to raise her little ones, but money was tight, and food was scarce.

Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, Riba was able to turn to the food bank to help her provide nourishing meals for her family.

Now that her kids are older, Riba has gone back to school to upgrade her education, secure in the fact that the food bank is there when she needs it.

And that’s not the only great thing that your donations have helped foster in Riba’s life.

Riba began volunteering at the food bank a year ago, wanting to give back to the community that had given so much to her. By doing so, she’s gained valuable Canadian work experience. But what Riba gives thanks for the most is the sense of community.

“It’s like a community hub,” Riba describes. “You’re able to connect to people here. We’re a very close-knit community. It’s a new family for me.”

Thanks in large part to your monthly support, the future looks bright for Riba and her kids.

Thank you for changing the lives of families like Riba’s in so many ways. Your generosity can truly change the direction of people’s lives for the better.

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