While we continue to provide assistance to help address the immediate needs of the community, we also recognize that emergency food as a stand-alone is not a long-term solution. Our goal is to build strong, connected communities through the power of food, and we employ the principles of sustainability, education and training, and quality nutrition to achieve this goal.
To create empowering environments that provide and promote access to healthy food, education and training.
Accessible, healthy and sustainable food for all.
The Greater Vancouver Food Bank was set up as a temporary relief to the hunger crisis in 1982 and has grown significantly in the three decades since then. We are fortunate to have been able to build many relationships over this period that we greatly respect and honour.
Today the GVFB provides assistance to over 27,500 people weekly, 25% of our members are children, 35% are seniors.
The needs of this community are met through multiple distribution locations, community kitchens, training workshops and partnerships with over 75 community agencies located in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and North Vancouver.
To this end, the GVFB receives, purchases and distributes approximately 3.5 million pounds of food each year. Because of this size, scale and our unique position in the local food system, the GVFB has significantly greater buying power than can be achieved at the grocery store and can purchase as much as $3 worth of food for every $1 donated, maximizing the impact of our donor’s generous contributions.
While we continue to provide assistance to help address the immediate needs of the community, we also recognize that emergency food as a stand-alone is not a long-term solution. In 2013, we completed the organization’s first strategic plan and are moving beyond food in isolation into a model that helps foster a path towards self-sufficiency. This is a model rooted in education, empowerment and sustainability.
Meet the team
The Food Bank has begun a journey towards better quality food, improved access and literacy. We are still in the early days of this but have worked hard to have the right leadership team in place to help guide this transition.