Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society


36 BC Film & TV Productions Compete in REEL Thanksgiving Challenge

Monday, September 28, 2015 - 9:00am
Film & Television productions across British Columbia are set for a ratings war of a different kind as they line up against one another in support of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.
Beginning today, 36 production companies and five local unions currently filming in BC have signed up to the third annual Reel Thanksgiving Challenge to see who has the most fans and followers in their community. 
The two-week fund and food-raising challenge is hoping to eclipse last year’s fundraising total and to inject a bit of fun into a busy filming schedule ahead of Christmas. 
Last year REEL Thanksgiving Challenge raised over $63,000.00 in much needed food and funds for the Food Bank. 
Aart Schuurman Hess, CEO of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, says:  
“We are very fortunate to have such a strong, vibrant and community minded film and television industry in Vancouver. We were astounded by the enthusiasm shown by BC based productions last year and we certainly appreciate their support of the Food Bank.”
TV Series “Arrow” picked up last year’s industry win after pulling in $7,709.75 in funds and a surprise $10,087.50 in food donations, blowing away the competition….
The fundraising fun ends Oct. 9, for more information and to get involved visit the dedicated website. You can also follow and promote the challenge through social media via #ReelThanks15, so look for us on Facebook and Twitter .
To donate to your favourite team click on the below dedicated link:
Midnight Sun -

The Food Bank’s Most Wanted – Your Support for Hunger Awareness Week

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 2:30pm
To mark National Hunger Awareness Week, Sept. 21-25, the Greater Vancouver Food Bank (GVFB) is saddling up and hitting the road for three Spaghetti Western-themed events to kick off its crucial fundraising season.
The 'Most Wanted' food and fund drive events have a Spaghetti Western flavour with games, information and a photo booth, and the GVFB is asking the public to round up cash donations and ‘Most Wanted' non-perishable foods and drop them off at the following locations:
  • Monday, Sept. 21 – Vancouver Art Gallery, from 11.00am – 1.00pm.
  • Tuesday Sept. 22 – Royal City Centre, New Westminster, from 11.00am – 1.00pm.
  • Wednesday Sept. 23 – Lonsdale Quay Market, North Shore, from 11.00am – 1.00pm.
Aart Schuurman Hess, CEO of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, comments: “We want everyone to come out and have some fun, but also take away some new information about the challenges people face and how we can help.”
Across Vancouver, North Shore, Burnaby and New Westminster, approximately 26,500 people access the Greater Vancouver Food Bank’s services each week - more than would fill the Rogers Arena, and the Orpheum and Vogue theatres combined. One in five is a child.
“We have created our Most Wanted items list to help guide people towards having the biggest impact possible in their community,” says Schuurman Hess. “ We are asking for food items that are high in protein, whole grain, lower sodium (salt) and lower sugar. These are familiar, basic shelf items that provide choice and flexibility.”
Most Wanted Items:
  • Canned Fish or Meats
  • Canned Beans, kidney, black bean, chickpeas
  • 100% Nut Butters
  • Pasta and rice
  • Canned vegetables, including all pasta sauces
  • Canned fruit, packed in its own juice or water
  • Whole grain breakfast cereals
  • Hearty soups, stews and chili.
For more information on Hunger Awareness Week activities by the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, call 604.876.3601.
About The Greater Vancouver Food Bank (GVFB)
The Greater Vancouver Food Bank is a non-profit organization with a mission to empower people to nourish themselves by providing access to healthy food, education and training. TheGVFB 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. For more information, please visit
About Hunger Awareness Week
Hunger Awareness Week is September 21-25, 2015. It is anannual awareness campaign that challenges Canadians to learn more about theissue of hunger, the important work of food banks across the country and how to take action. Together, Canadians can make an impact on the solvable issue of hunger in Canada and find solutions to hunger in communities across the country. A national campaign led by Food Banks Canada will be unveiled to support local efforts coast-to-coast with social media and other broad awareness components.
Hunger Awareness Week was created to provide food banks with an opportunity to educate about the reality of hunger in Canada and to encourage all Canadians to make a choice to help those in need.  Close to 850,000 individuals turn to food banks for support each month, and close to 4 million Canadians are food insecure, struggling with not knowing where their next meal may come from. Today, more than 800 food banks and 2,900 affiliated agencies work in communities across the country to assist Canadians in need.   
For media enquiries please contact:
Greg Dawson
Communications Officer
Greater Vancouver Food Bank
Direct: 604.812.3260


Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 8:00am
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Special General Meeting of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society will be held on Thursday, the 17th day of September 2015, at 1150 Raymur Avenue, Vancouver BC at the hour of 4:30 p.m. for the following purpose:
1. To approve the revised bylaws - Download the GVFB Replacement Bylaws.
2. To transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournments or postponements thereof. 
Pursuant to the Bylaws of the Society, if the Member is unable to attend the meeting in person the Member may appoint a representative to vote in their place.  If you wish to appoint a representative to vote in your place please complete and sign the form of proxy attached hereto and deliver it to Chief Executive Officer for Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society, Aart Schuurman Hess, prior to the meeting.
DATED at Vancouver, British Columbia, this 1st day of September 2015
Susan Campbell
Recording Secretary

Advisory: Door-to-Door Solicitation

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 12:00pm


Following a number of inquiries from members of the public, the Greater Vancouver Food Bank would like reconfirm that we do not solicit door-to-door, nor do we support anyone doing so on our behalf.

We ask that anyone who is solicited door-to-door by people claiming to act on behalf of, or work for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, pass on the details of your encounter to the relevant authorities. 

If you have any questions or concerns around fundraising on behalf of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, we also ask that you get in touch with us at



Curbside Fresh Market Returns to Increase Access to Lower Cost Produce

Friday, June 12, 2015 - 8:00am
The Greater Vancouver Food Bank is excited to announce the return of Curbside Fresh Market, a pilot project hitting the streets this summer to increase access to lower cost, fresh, local produce in low-income, high-density communities. 
The pilot, in its second year, will be looking to improve on its positive feedback last summer, where 80% of those surveyed ‘loved’ Curbside Fresh. 
Customer comments included: 
“Curbside Fresh is really convenient in a neighbourhood that doesn’t have a lot of grocery stores.”
“Your quality, pricing, location and hours in Mt. Pleasant are perfect for me.”
The Curbside Fresh team will again be working with local community partners across four locations to deliver the weekly lower-cost produce market. At each location customers can buy a selection of fresh produce, including locally-sourced and in-season fruits and veggies such as tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, cabbages and carrots as well as occasional market staples based on requests from market goers. 
Look out for friendly market operator Brian in the following communities: 
Tuesday: Gordon Neighbourhood House 1:30pm to 5:30 pm
Wednesday: Mt Pleasant Neighbourhood House 2:00pm to 6:00 pm
Thursday: Collingwood Neighbourhood House 2:00pm to 6:00 pm
Friday: Mt Pleasant Community Centre 2:00pm to 6:00 pm