Our Programs

We create programs that promote food education and literacy, and that provide people with healthy food in a sustainable and dignified way.

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Food Skills Workshops

GVFB trains and supports community kitchen facilitators. We offer a variety of workshops and support to our network of trainers.

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Project CHEF

Project CHEF: Cook Healthy Edible Food is an experiential, curriculum-based school program aimed at children in kindergarten to grade seven that teaches students about healthy food: where it comes from, what it tastes like, how to prepare it and how to enjoy sharing it around a table.

Designed to immerse children in the process of cooking from preparation to clean-up, children gain knowledge about food; they discover the pleasure and satisfaction in creating meals for themselves and they develop the skills so that they can apply their new-found knowledge and abilities in making healthy food choices at home.



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Food Rescue

Did you know that GVFB rescues safe, quality food from businesses such as farms, food wholesalers, grocers, restaurants, hotels and commercial kitchens which we in turn distribute to individuals and agencies?

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Community Kitchens

We believe in building community around food and creating opportunities for people to share and learn about food and food skills by encouraging community kitchens where everyone participates!

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Empowering our Children

Tackling food insecurity in the long term has to start with the next generation. As a starting point ensuring that they have the right diet to aid development and an understanding of simple whole foods is essential.

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Direct Food Support For Individuals & Families

The Greater Vancouver Food Bank provides direct food support to supplement the diets of thousands of individuals and families each week by way of locations throughout Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and the North Shore.

A document outlining all of the locations can be found here.

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Supporting Community Agencies

We are happy to support more than 75 agencies doing great work in our communities with food and training. Agencies include mental health, youth and senior programs, transition houses, neighbourhood houses and community centres.

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  • Food Quality

    We are working hard to improve the quality of food we share by purchasing fresh, quality produce to distribute. We are working with experts in health and nutrition to establish nutritional guidelines that we can share with audiences such as our food donors.

  • Food Literacy

    We are testing and evaluating our existing programs in food skills and developing them with the aim of building a community around food. Community Kitchens are a major focus, as well as helping to supply and train those in partner agencies.

  • Food Access

    We believe in dignified access to food within the community. Through collaboration with partners and feedback from our members, we are working hard to evaluate how and where people access our services and to create more welcoming environments in suitable locations.