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Food for Thought | Spring Newsletter 2019

 

This spring we have noticed a troubling increase in the number of working people turning to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank for support. This number is rising at triple the rate of those with other income sources such as pensions and income assistance. That’s an 86% increase in working folks visiting the Food Bank during the past year.

We recognize the Food Bank was never set up as a long-term solution to solving hunger but the need persists. We are not a government agency and rely entirely on the incredible generosity and support of our community.

Thank you for your continued support!!

Vancouver Sun article “Working Families Fuel Rising Demand at Greater Vancouver Food Banks”

The Greater Vancouver Food Bank is Moving!

July 2019 the Greater Vancouver Food Bank will move into our new home in Burnaby. At the new location we will be doubling the refrigeration capacity thanks to a refrigeration grant from Food Banks BC. The increase in space will greatly improve our ability to receive large fresh food donations and then get that quality food out to our members and 77 agency partners.

The new GVFB will be located at 8345 Winston St — a quick 10-minute walk from the Production Way Skytrain Station. As we complete the move we invite all existing and new volunteers to visit the new location to help out with a warehouse food sort, in the office or front of house, or at one of our many events. Stay tuned to our social media channels for up-to-date information!

 

Goodly Foods — It’s Official!

Goodly Foods hosted their official launch on March 7, 2019. It’s been almost two years since Goodly began the journey from planning to pilot to full production. The Goodly team did an amazing job organizing a wonderful launch event to acknowledge all of the incredible individuals, organizations and businesses who have sponsored and supported this truly unique initiative.

The Greater Vancouver Food Bank is especially grateful to Walmart Foundation for their $1.1M investment grant that allowed the initiative to grow. Goodly Food’s Hearty Tomato Vegetable Soup is currently being distributed to Greater Vancouver Food Bank Community Food Hubs and Partner Agencies and is available for sale to buying partners.

For a complete list of partners please follow the link hellogoodly.ca/partners.

To learn more about Goodly Foods and the amazing work they are doing, please visit: hellogoodly.ca.

Volt: (n) a unit of potential

VOLT is a volunteer program at Langara College created by and for students to increase community engagement and social awareness. It started in 2015 as an idea by two college students. It’s grown into a movement more than 3,000 students strong.

Program founder Maggie Stewart says, “We found that some of our students were hesitant to go out and volunteer in the community. We chose to partner with the Food Bank to help make a low-risk, low-barrier volunteer experience.

Since 2015 we’ve had 11 volunteer events with the Food Bank, including 118 participants who have donated 417 volunteer hours.

I can’t remember a single student who left the experience not wanting to stay in that warehouse and get through more food. It’s just been an incredible experience to work with the warehouse team.”

Thank you! You’re helping create a new generation of socially aware, community minded citizens dedicated to ending hunger for all.

Give 30 is about everyone regardless of faith or background. Anyone can participate in Ramadan’s spirit of sharing and social solidarity to build strong and connected communities through the power of food.

The month of Ramadan (May 6 – June 3, 2019) is about caring for our neighbours. To support Give 30 simply make a donation and your gift will support families in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and the North Shore who turn to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank’s community food hubs and agency partners for support.

Why not share the Give 30 campaign with your family, friends, neighbours and colleagues so that they can get involved too? Every donation large or small can make a significant impact. For more information about this unique initiative, please visit: Give 30

 

Send a Mother’s Day e-card

This Mother’s Day, May 12th, let your Mum know you are thinking about her by making a donation in her honour to help feed people in her community.

For every $1 donated the Greater Vancouver Food Bank can purchase $3 worth of wholesome nutritious food for mothers and their families.