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Whole Foods Market's Feed 4 More Campaign Raises Over $89,000 for the Food Bank

Date: 
Monday, February 2, 2015 - 12:00pm
The Greater Vancouver Food Bank is delighted to announce that over the months of November and December 2014, Vancouver-area Whole Foods Market stores raised $89,188.28 in monetary contributions as part of the Feed 4 More donation program.
 
Feed 4 More is a Whole Foods Market initiative that invites shoppers to donate money to help stock the pantries of families in need. A  portion of these funds will directly support the GVFB's partnerships with local growers and farmers to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to their clients.
 
"Whole Foods Market has a long-standing commitment to supporting hunger relief initiatives in communities we serve," said Grant Daisley, Whole Foods Market Associate Marketing Coordinator in the Pacific Northwest. "We're thrilled to be able to provide our customers a simple and easy way to give back in a big way, and we're proud to say we more than doubled our donations at the registers!"
 
Aart Schuurman Hess, CEO of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, said, "We are grateful for the opportunity to work with Whole Foods Market staff and customers, seeing and learning from their enthusiasm and desire to help their local community. We share their passion for simple, whole foods and are excited to turn this donation into thousands of pounds of local fresh produce to share with those in need."
 
Previously, Whole Foods Market and the GVFB have teamed up for similar programs, including the 2013 Bag Hunger campaign, which raised more than $40,000 for the GVFB. Additionally, the Whole Food's Market's Community Giving Days, which took place last December, directly benefited the GVFB's Community Angel Food Runners program.
 
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Happy Planet 'Soup'er Start Nourishes Community and Raises Thousands for the Food Bank

Date: 
Friday, January 9, 2015 - 8:00am
The Greater Vancouver Food Bank is pleased to announce the success of the 2015 ‘SOUP’er Start event, which took place on Wednesday, January 7th from 11:00am – 3:00pm at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
 
In an effort to help everyone kick start their 2015 New Year’s resolutions to eat more fresh, healthy foods and get involved in giving back to the community, the Food Bank teamed up with long time supporter Happy Planet to hand out packages of all-natural soups throughout the downtown core.
 
Thanks to the generosity of Happy Planet, thousands of packages of fresh soup were provided in exchange for a donation to the Food Bank. In just a few short hours over $3,000 was raised, translating into approximately $9,000 that will be used towards the purchase of fresh, local produce for Food Bank members.
 
Aart Schuurman Hess, CEO, Greater Vancouver Food Bank says: "What a wonderful way to begin the year, being out in the community with those we assist and equally with those who support us and the work we do. The 2015 'Soup'er Start brought people together in a spirit of generosity and nourishment with simple, delicious food and we can't thank Happy Planet enough for making it possible. It was a truly inspiring event."
 
In addition to the funds raised, Happy Planet is donating over 58,000 packages of soup to the Food Bank to continue nourishing the community in the weeks to come.
 
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Food Drives Go Virtual This Holiday Season

Date: 
Monday, November 24, 2014 - 11:45am
Now you can shop for the Food Bank anytime, anywhere!
 
The holiday season is fast approaching and the Greater Vancouver Food Bank (GVFB) is excited to announce the launch of the Virtual Food Drive, an online shopping tool that provides supporters with a new way to get involved from the comfort of their own home.
 
The Virtual Food Drive website enables individuals and organizations to create a profile, a timeline and choose the items they want to donate. Participants can even make the Virtual Food Drive a group experience by inviting friends and colleagues to set a common goal, take part and shop together. 
 
Aart Schuurman Hess, CEO of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, says “Setting up a Virtual Food Drive is a fun and easy way for people to purchase anything from a can of beans to an entire field of cauliflower for the Food Bank. For every dollar we receive we are able to purchase three dollars worth of food, so supporters play a direct role in helping maximize the overall level of nutrition we are able to provide.”
 
Through the Virtual Food Drive, participants can also to choose to support the educational and training programs provided by the Food Bank. To explore how you can get involved, visit the Virtual Food Drive website today! 
 

2014 Hunger Count by Food Banks Canada

Date: 
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 8:30am
Today saw the release of the 2014 Annual Hunger Count Report, authored by Food Banks Canada.
 
The report is the only study that tracks food bank usage on a provincial and national scale. It pulls together statistical information from food banks across the nation during the month of March each year. 
 
According to the report, in a typical month food banks in Canada provide food and other supports to more than three quarters of a million separate individuals – 841,000 people.
 
“The job market is very tough right now,” said Katharine Schmidt, Executive Director of Food Banks Canada, which coordinated the national study involving more than 4,000 food programs. “The unfortunate combination of low-paying jobs, inadequate supports for the unemployed, and a lack of training opportunities for Canadians is keeping food bank use near record levels.”
 
The full launch announcement is available online here.
 
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About the HungerCount Survey
 
HungerCount was initiated in 1989, and is the only annual national research study of food banks and other food programs in Canada. Since 1997, data for the study have been collected every March. The information provided by the survey is invaluable, forming the basis of many Food Banks Canada activities throughout the year.  www.foodbankscanada.ca/hungercount. #HungerCount
 
About Food Banks Canada 
 
Food Banks Canada supports a unique network of food-related organizations in every province and territory, which assists more than 800,000 Canadians each month. Together our network shares over 200 million pounds of essential, safe, quality food annually, provides social programs that help to foster self-sufficiency, and advocates for policy change that will help create a Canada where no one goes hungry. Visit www.foodbankscanada.ca for more information.

Project CHEF joins the Greater Vancouver Food Bank

Date: 
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 8:00am
Project CHEF, a curriculum based program that teaches children to source, prepare, cook and eat healthy food together in Vancouver’s elementary schools, has joined the Greater Vancouver Food Bank (GVFB).
 
Having started an in-kind relationship with GVFB at the beginning of 2014, in April Project CHEF received significant funding from the RBC Foundation. This gave them further capacity to plan ahead for the coming school year and to join the food bank as a program over the summer break. 
 
The $14,000 donation came from Food Banks Canada’s Community Kitchens Fund: Child and Youth Programming grant, which supports food banks to develop, maintain, or expand their community kitchen programs.
 
Aart Schuurman Hess, CEO of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, says, “Project CHEF is a wonderful initiative that is changing the lives of many elementary school children in Vancouver. Project CHEF provides them with the food knowledge and skills they need to cook healthy, nutritious food, both in school and with their families. 
 
Having Project CHEF’s expertise join our team is a huge boost to our ongoing plans to build food skills, capacity and education within the community we serve. I would like to thank the RBC Foundation and Food Banks Canada for contributing to our mission to empower people to nourish themselves by providing access to healthy food, education and training.”
 
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