The Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA) Ottawa Chapter have held a food drive among its members and disciples of the Fo Guang Shan Temple since the Temple was established. Before the pandemic, food or winter items raised were distributed to a number of food banks within Ottawa, such as Ottawa Food Bank, Shepherds of Good Hope, or Emergency Food Centre in downtown Ottawa.
Since the Fo Guang Shan Temple moved to 6688 Franktown Road in Richmond in March 2020, the Temple and BLIA raised cash donations instead of food to minimize impacts of the COVID pandemic among the monastics and the BLIA members. This year, the food drive was conducted from October 24 to November 26, funds raised were donated to the Richmond Food Bank and Ottawa Food Bank.
Representatives from the Fo Guang Shan Temple and the BLIA Ottawa Chapter led by Venerable Miao Qi and June Sun (President of BLIA Ottawa Chapter) presented the cheque to the Richmond Food Bank, represented by Judy Wagdin, on December 18, 2022.
From left to right in the picture: Chiew Chong, Louisa Ho, Venerable Miao Qi, Judy Wagdin, June Sun, Felicia Kho.