January 16, 2024 – Burnaby, BC – Nourish, Flourish is the 3rd edition of our community cookbook project – a collection of 11 delicious recipes from local chefs, bakers, and iconic restaurants across Greater Vancouver. The cookbook focuses on the fresh and healthy ingredients offered in our weekly distribution menus and showcases delicious recipes that can be crafted with it. 


Above each recipe, you’ll discover ingredient icons that showcase some of the items we provide at our food bank. These food icons represent the ingredients in each recipe that are among the variety of offerings in our weekly distribution menus—ranging from staples like eggs, milk, pasta, and meats to an assortment of fresh vegetables. 


Contribution chefs and restaurants include; 

  1. Chambar  
  2. Casa Mia 
  3. Farina A Legna  
  4. Burdock & Co.  
  5. Mercato Di Luigi 
  6. Chef Colin Burslem 
  7. Chef Bruno Feldeisen  
  8. Do Chay  
  9. Lunch Lady  
  10. Joe Fortes Seafood & Chophouse  
  11. Rebecca Coleman   


Within the pages of the cookbook, you’ll find a recipe for every occasion, whether it’s a savory stew for the family or even jam bars for the kids. From appetizers to mains to desserts, there’s a recipe for everyone to nourish their souls.  


Over the past year, we navigated through yet another unprecedented surge in demand, with over 9,000 new registrations. Monthly, we extend our reach to 16,000 clients through direct distribution and offer food support to 130+ Agencies. We distributed over 9 million lbs of food through our distribution network in 2023, a staggering 13.2% increase from the previous year. As more people reach out for support, our expenses to support a more extensive operation also increase.   


Our fresh food focus is what inspired our annual cookbook project, highlighting the importance of healthy and fresh ingredients. This cookbook is a small piece of our larger work to engage our community and educate the public on food insecurity. For every cookbook sold, we will purchase fresh, healthy food for our clients. 


We hope you try these community recipes with your friends and loved ones. Nourish Flourish is available now for purchase. Visit the GVFB store to buy your copy and help fuel our mission of providing healthy foods to those in need! 


About the Greater Vancouver Food Bank (GVFB): The GVFB is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide healthy food to those in need. The GVFB provides assistance to over 16,000 people each month through direct distribution in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, and the North Shore. The GVFB also provides food support to 130+ Agencies throughout these communities, such as housing agencies, women and children’s shelters, transition houses and after-school programs, which in turn provide meals and snacks to thousands of people each week.