Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society

A New Day for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society

Date: 
Monday, July 22, 2013 - 6:00am
The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society {GVFBS} is a non-profit organization that was established in 1982 with the intention of being a temporary relief to the hunger crisis resulting from the economic recession.
 
Today, the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society provides assistance to over 28‚000 people every week through 15 food depots and over 100 community agencies located in Vancouver, Burnaby‚ New Westminster and North Vancouver. Currently, children represent 26% of the population in need of help, seniors represent 18% and the need for our services continues to rise.
 
Needless to say, it is time for change.
 
It is a new day at the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. We have recently completed a strategic planning exercise – the first such exercise in the organization’s history – and we have charted a new direction for the next five years. While we will continue to provide assistance to help address the immediate needs of the community, we also recognize that emergency food as a standalone is not a long-term solution. As a result, we are evolving beyond the traditional emergency food hand out into a model that also helps foster a path back to self-sufficiency. A model rooted in education, empowerment and sustainability.
 
To that end, we have adopted a new vision to provide accessible, healthy and sustainable food for all and a new mission to empower people to nourish themselves by providing access to healthy food, education and training
 
We have dramatically increased our efforts with local farmers to support our community while maximizing the level of nutrition we are able to provide. We are building upon the work being done by our partner agencies to address the growing need for our services. We are exploring relationships that will ultimately strengthen the food system and through  collaboration, we are pro-actively working to help end hunger. 
 
There is much work to be done, however as a team and with the support of our partners and community, we are excited about the road ahead. We hope you join us in celebrating this new day and we look forward to sharing our progress with you along the way.