At this time we are not accepting fruits, 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 2019 and June 2020, we received a total of 3.4M pounds of food from our industry partners!
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.
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.
Please contact Alex Beyer, Manager of Operations
- Email: [email protected]
- Phone: 604.876.3601 ext 323
Food donations from individuals
Due to health and safety issues we are not able to accept the following items:
- Homemade items
- Expired food
- Products containing alcohol
- Open packages of food
- Perishable items such as fruits, vegetables or prepared foods
You can drop off non-perishable food items at our warehouse located at 8345 Winston St, Burnaby, BC, Monday to Friday from 7 am to 3 pm. You can also donate at any participating grocery stores in Burnaby, Vancouver, New Westminster, and the North Shore.
Download a complete list of drop-off locations here: GVFB Food Drop Off Locations.
Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, some of the fire halls and grocery stores might not have the resources to manage the food drop off area at their locations at this time. Please call the locations ahead of time to double check their ability to receive your food. Thank you for your understanding during this uncertain time.