Maple Ridge  – The Friends in Need Food Bank Society is receiving funding for their food bank program thanks to an $85,000 grant from the B.C. Government.

As well, the North Fraser Therapeutic Riding Association is receiving a $55,000 grant to continue enriching the lives of physically, emotionally and developmentally challenged individuals through their riding programs.

“Gaming grants provide valuable funding for our local organizations,” Maple Ridge-Mission MLA Marc Dalton said. “Thanks to this money, Friends in Need will be able to stock up their shelves for the holiday season and provide a little extra assistance to our community.”

These grants were awarded under the Human and Social Services category of the Community Gaming Grant program which help support the work of local agencies and clubs that deliver important social services to British Columbians facing challenging and difficult situations.

Every year, the Government of British Columbia approves $135 million in community gaming grants distributed among specific sectors, including arts and culture, sport, environment, public safety, human and social services, parent advisory councils and district parent advisory councils.

To find out more about community gaming grants funded by the Government of British Columbia, visit: www.gaming.gov.bc.ca

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