Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society

About Us

The Greater Vancouver Food Bank (GVFB) is a non-profit organization with a mission to empower people to nourish themselves by providing access to healthy food, education and training. The GVFB provides assistance to over 26,500 people weekly through 14 food locations and close to 100 community agencies located in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and North Vancouver. The GVFB 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.

Mission

To empower people to nourish themselves by providing access to healthy food, education and training.

Vision

Accessible, healthy and sustainable food for all.

Registered Charity Number
107449787 RR0001


Values

  • Collaboration
  • Respect & Compassion
  • Trust & Integrity
  • Leadership, Advocacy, and Challenging the Status Quo
  • Accountability

Operations

Each year the GVFB warehouse receives, purchases and distributes over 3.6 million pounds of food through its 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

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The Fleet

The GVFB 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

Food Purchases

Because the GVFB 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 GVFB adheres to, some food items are purchased such as:

  • Eggs
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Milk
  • Baby Products
  • Protein Items

Buying Power

Like most food banks, the GVFB 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 GVFB can purchase as much as $3 worth of food for every $1 donated, maximizing the impact of our donor's generous contributions.