At this time we are not accepting fresh fruits, fresh vegetables or prepared food. Please connect with BC 2-1-1 to find your local meal providing agency kitchen or soup kitchen. http://www.bc211.ca/ or alternately post donations with Second Harvest Vancouver https://secondharvest.ca/ or the Mesh Food Exchange https://foodmesh.ca/

Industry food donations

Did you know that GVFB rescues safe, quality food from businesses such as farms, food wholesalers, large chain distribution warehouses, retail stores and grocers?

These industry donations are critical and make up over 80% of all food donated to the GVFB. Between July 2020 and June 2021, we received a total of 3.9M pounds of food from our industry partners!

Food Waste

Nearly 60% of all of the food produced in Canada is either lost or wasted. Of that, 32 percent – equaling 11.2 million metric tonnes of lost food – is avoidable and is edible food that could be redirected to support people in our communities.

The total financial value of this potentially rescuable lost and wasted food is a staggering $49.46 billion. Read more here: Avoidable Crisis of Food Waste

Food rescue helps us provide food to those in need in addition to removing usable food from the waste stream contributing to creating a sustainable food system.

Donations

We accept usable food from all types of business including:

  • farms with excess/overage of crops
  • large retail distribution facilities
  • direct donations from retailers with food that is close to best before date
  • slightly damaged food
  • food that has been frozen on or before best before date

We also accept usable, quality, single SKU pallet donations from the food industry that may be mislabeled or close to best before dates. If you are unsure if a product meets our needs please check out our Donation Acceptance Policy.

Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

GVFB has worked together with our health authority to develop food selection, storage and transportation guidelines for all donors and recipient agencies. All staff directly involved in routing or handling food must complete FoodSafe, a provincially recognized food safety program. Donor and recipient agencies must also have appointed staff contact with FoodSafe certification.

Food Donor Encouragement Act

GVFB is committed to our generous donors, our recipients and to the safe handling of all food donations. BC’s Food Donor Encouragement Act is intended to protect donors from liability as they act in good faith to donate surplus perishable food while ensuring recipients’ rights are protected. The act also encourages organizations to make donations of perishable food.

Industry Food Donation Guidelines

The GVFB has partnered with BC Centre for Disease Control, Food Banks BC, and Metro Vancouver to create Industry Food Donation Guidelines and Guidelines for Food Distribution Organizations with Grocery or Meal Programs to help support positive relationships between food distribution organizations and donors and to also encourage the redistribution (rather than waste) of safe and healthy foods.

Questions?

Please contact Alex Beyer, Manager of Operations

Food donations from individuals

While we appreciate the support we received from food drives over the years, we’ve had issues with the varying levels of food quality through third-party food drives. On average, up to 30% of the food we receive ends up being SPOILEDDAMAGED, or UNSAFE to eat. 

After much consideration, we have decided to move away from food drives as of January 2022. 

For more information on this decision, please visit our page here

If you already hosted your food drive and need to drop off your food, you may drop it off at one of our Community Agency Partners.