The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society (GVFBS) is a non-profit organization with a mission to empower people to nourish themselves by providing access to healthy food, education and training. The GVFBS provides assistance to over 28,000 people weekly through 15 food depots and over 100 community agencies located in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and North Vancouver. The GVFBS is committed to its vision of accessible, healthy and sustainable food for all and through community collaboration, is pro-actively working to help end hunger.
To empower people to nourish themselves by providing access to healthy food, education and training.
Accessible, healthy and sustainable food for all.
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Each year the GVFBS warehouse moves over 8 million pounds of food in and out of the 33,000 square foot warehouse. The daily operations of the warehouse consists of three steps:
- Receiving food
- Sorting & inventorying food
- Distributing food to our food depots and partnering agencies
The GVFBS operates a fleet of:
- Two 5 ton trucks
- One 3 ton truck
- One 10 ton reefer/freezer truck
- Four cargo vans
- Two high top reefer/freezer vans for the Community Angel Food Runners program
- Two vans for the DECK program
- One Special Event passenger van
Because the GVFBS relies on food donations from donors, often times there are items lacking in which to provide balanced, nutritional meals. As a result, and in keeping with the healthy living guide that the GVFBS adheres to, some food items are purchased such as:
- Baby Products
- Protein Items
- Chickens & Turkeys at Christmas
Like most food banks, the GVFBS has significantly greater buying power than the average person does. This is due to partnerships with local farmers, grocery chains and other retailers. As a result, the GVFBS can purchase as much as $3 worth of food for every $1 donated, maximizing the impact of our donor's generous contributions.