At this time we are not accepting fruits, vegetables or prepared food from restaurants that are closing due to Covid-19. 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/

 

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 40% of all food donated to the GVFB, which is on average 1.9M pounds of healthy, nutritious food each year.

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.

Ensuring Safety Standards

Many organizations and individuals have concerns over donating food so we have worked with a number of different local and provincial entities to further education and help businesses donate more easily. These include:

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. (link to document which will live in resources section)

Questions?

Please contact Craig Edwards, Director of Operations

IMPACT

At Dixon House, we are proud of our ability to provide enough food and a variety of food so that our families do not have to experience a change in their diet amidst so many other changes they have to go through when fleeing violence. We always appreciate that the Food Bank provides a variety of items that can meet the diverse dietary needs as we serve diverse populations

Jasmine Roh, Community Relations Assistant, Dixon Transition Society