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Kiwassa Neighbourhood House

Date: 
Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 4:30pm

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Kiwassa Neighbourhood House Food Programs provides nutritious breakfasts, lunches and snacks to children, families and seniors throughout the year. On an average day, they provide over 100 meals and snacks to the community. Their food program provides afterschool snacks for the children’s and preteens’ programs, lunch for their Family Place drop-in as well as a weekly seniors’ lunch alongside canning workshops, community gardening and cooking classes. In 2010, their community meals were served to 413 local community members.

Their Family Food Bank not only provides for local families, it also facilitates a Food Bank Education Program that features food demonstrations and guest speakers. For more information on Kiwassa’s Food Programs, please visit www.kiwassa.ca.

“The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society supplements our program with great food and allows us to provide food and supplies to help the low income families in the neighbourhood.”
- Janice Fyfe, Kiwassa Neighbourhood House

Community Heroes – Richard Loat, Founder, Five Hole For Food

Date: 
Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 4:15pm

Richard Loat

At the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society, we are lucky to work with many generous supporters who create fun event opportunities to raise awareness and donations for us.

One such event is Five Hole for Food (FHFF). FHFF is a grassroots campaign involving a 10-day cross-country road trip to play ball hockey and generate donations for Food Banks across Canada. Ball hockey games have been organized in nine Canadian cities with partnerships secured with local Food Banks in each respective community.

Since the inaugural event in 2010, Five Hole For Food founder, Richard Loat, has dedicated countless hours towards creating an even bigger national event for 2011, as well as creating numerous opportunities locally for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.

Sending Richard and his team a great big “Thank You” for their tremendous support! We look forward to the Five Hole For Food event on Saturday, July 9, 2011. For more information about Five Hole for Food, please visit www.fiveholeforfood.com.

Lunch Money Day 2011

Date: 
Sunday, May 1, 2011 - 4:00pm

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At the Food Bank, we see a significant increase in need during the summer months. Many families face higher child care and food costs as their children no longer benefit from regular school programs.

With global food prices hitting record-highs in 2011 and a projected five percent increase in food prices in Canada, we also anticipate an increase in food lines as more people struggle to get food on their table.

Make a difference in your community on National Hunger Awareness Day – Tuesday, May 31, 2011. Your company or school can make a positive impact locally by participating in the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society’s “Lunch Money Day” campaign.

Rally your colleagues, peers, friends and family, and encourage them to ‘brown bag’ their lunch and donate their lunch money to the Food Bank.

Join the fight today. Click here to make a difference today.

National Volunteer Week – THANK YOU!

Date: 
Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 8:30pm

National Volunteer Week

With over 600 regular volunteers, we unfortunately do not always get the opportunity to personally thank each and every one.

National Volunteer Week (April 10-16) is upon us and it is the perfect time to express our gratitude.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, the Staff and Clients of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society, we would like to thank our gracious volunteers for their tireless efforts in supporting us throughout the year.

Thank you for your support, dedication and commitment to helping those in need.

If you are interested in volunteering your time to the Food Bank, click here for more information.

“Volunteering to me is an inspiring way to give back to my community. The time I’ve spent volunteering at the Food Bank has given me the opportunity to not only make a difference, but to work with interesting and fun people who are devoted to helping others. It’s a great experience all around and I would heartily recommend it to anyone aspiring to improve their world and themselves.”
- Sonay, Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society Volunteer

Loblaw Extra Helping Campaign

Date: 
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 7:45pm

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Loblaw Companies Limited hosted a special cooking competition with Chef Quang Dang, Executive Chef of Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver’s Diva at the Met, Chef Ned Bell, Head Chef of Rosewood Hotel Georgia, and Chef Gennaro Iorio, Executive Chef/Co-Proprietor of La Terrazza, to encourage Vancouverites to donate during the 2011 Extra Helping™ Spring National Food Drive.

Chefs

Chef Gennaro Iorio, La Terrazza; Chef Ned Bell, Rosewood Hotel Georgia; and Chef Quang Dang, Diva at the Met.

The ingredient list for the cook-off was based on a selection of our most-needed food items and remained unknown to the competing chefs until the start of the event. The ingredients were: canned tomatoes, green beans, peach slices, salmon and a bag of rice. The chefs had 30 minutes to develop and create a tasty and nutritious entree.

Chef Challenge Secret Ingredients

Chef Challenge Secret Ingredients

The final dishes were judged by a distinguished panel of judges which comprised of Dawn Chubai, co-host, CityTV Breakfast Television; Claudia Kwan, food reporter, Vancouver Sun; and Sophie Lui, co-host, Global TV.

Winner’s Cup

Sophie Lui, Global TV; Dawn Chubai, City TV; Cheryl Carline, CEO, Greater Vancouver Food Bank; and Claudio Kwan, Vancouver Sun.

Quang Dang won the “Winner’s Cup” with his wonderful salmon cake dish.

A donation of over $1,000 was made to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society on behalf of the participating chefs and judges.

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