Last year, we distributed a whopping 3,000,000 lbs of food to our Community Agency Partners (CAPs) – that’s a 141% increase compared to the year prior!
We are so incredibly proud of our achievements over the past year, and it is only possible with the support from our donors and industry partners.
One of our newest CAPs to receive weekly food support is Covenant House. For over 20 years, Covenant House Vancouver’s purpose has been to serve all youth with absolute respect and unconditional love, help youth experiencing homelessness, and protect and safeguard all youth in need.
Covenant House’s core programs range from drop-in and housing services to general outreach in the hopes of enabling youth to transition into independence successfully.
One of their drop-in programs includes Covey’s Cupboard, a monthly event where they provide youth with a bag of non-perishable food for free. They also provide youth who are experiencing homelessness or young people staying in other community shelters with bags of snacks and food that don’t require cooking facilities. Through their partnership with the Greater Vancouver Food Bank (GVFB), we provide healthy non-perishables such as granola bars, canned tuna, and fruit cups to supplement their two food programs.
In addition to providing non-perishable food bags, Covenant House prepares delicious and nourishing meals for youth when they need them.
“Food is a great way to show youth we care and can be a great tool to start to build a relationship with a young person. It can literally help a young person get out of bed,” explains Kristy, Director of Communications and Marketing at Covenant House Vancouver.
Kristy shares that many of the youth at Covenant House are dealing with trauma and mental health concerns; getting out of bed in the morning becomes a daily struggle for some residents. “A meal lovingly prepared is truly a powerful thing. It can be that key stepping-stone for our youth as they work towards independence,” says Kristy. “It fuels our youth as they look for work, learn important life skills and work through past traumas.”
This is just one of the examples of how YOU helped feed people across Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, and the North Shore. Thank you for supporting us and in turn we can provide millions of pounds of food to CAPs like Covenant House Vancouver.