Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society


Project CHEF joins the Greater Vancouver Food Bank

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.”

BC Film and Television Productions Reach New Heights in REEL Thanksgiving Fundraiser

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 9:15am
BC Film and Television productions across the city have banded together and raised a record breaking $63,652.40 in combined food and funds for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank over the Thanksgiving holiday.
The total, which blew the original goal of $25,000 out of the water, was achieved in a friendly two-week challenge between 21 current BC productions throughout the film and television industry. Now in its second year, the REEL Thanksgiving Challenge has raised over $100,000 in food and funds for those in need. 
Leading the charge this year was superhero series Arrow, who raised an incredible $17,797.25  ($10,087.50 in food and $7,709.75 in funds) to be the overall winner, followed closely by crime comedy drama Backstrom, who in funds alone raised over $10,000. The contest, which ran from September 29th - October 10th, witnessed daily, nail biting changes in the overall standings as productions jockeyed for position and rallied support from the community in person, on set and online for first place.
Aart Schuurman Hess, CEO of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, says: “The REEL Thanksgiving Challenge is a beautiful demonstration of the community coming together and working towards a common goal. Thanks to the spirit and generous efforts of the BC Film and Television industry, we have a tremendous boost in purchasing more healthy, nutritious food to share with the community as we head into the busy holiday season. We are blown away by the support, commitment and intensity of the many amazing productions filming in BC and their supporters.”
Special thanks to the Directors Guild of Canada, BC, IATSE 891, IATSE 669, Teamsters 155, Union of BC Performers/ACTRA and the BC Council of Film Unions for leading, facilitating and inspiring the REEL Thanksgiving Challenge and making such a positive contribution to the community. We are grateful for your kind efforts and all your support.

Purolator Brings Increased Access to Curbside Fresh Market

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 8:15am
Purolator, Canada’s leading freight, parcel and logistics solution provider, today donated a refurbished curbside delivery vehicle to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. The in-kind donation will help the food bank increase the capacity of the Curbside Fresh Market, which provides affordable local produce to areas of Vancouver with limited access to fresh food.
This initiative is an extension of the Purolator Tackle Hunger® program, which, since its inception in 2003, has helped deliver the equivalent of more than 175,000 pounds of food to local food banks in B.C.
“Purolator is happy to continue our support of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society through our truck donation. We appreciate the need for the food bank’s services and the value these services bring to the Vancouver area,” said Patrick Nangle, President and Chief Executive Officer, Purolator. “We work every year to support hunger-related initiatives such as the Curbside Fresh Market, and our employees are very proud to help bring healthy food to more local communities.”
Currently 28,000 people rely on the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society for support each week. Through the food bank’s Curbside Fresh Market, the organization is better able to reach individuals and families with limited access to fresh food. By focusing on simple ingredients and local food sources, the food bank is also helping to stabilize the consistently increasing need witnessed year after year.
“We are thrilled to welcome the addition of a new vehicle to the Curbside Fresh Market,” said Aart Schuurman Hess, CEO, Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. “This represents another important step toward our goals of increasing access to affordable fresh produce and working with our partners to improve the overall health of our community. We are grateful to Purolator for their generous contribution and efforts toward helping address the growing challenge of food insecurity.”

Hunger is an important issue that affects individuals and families locally in Vancouver, as well as across the country. Currently 26 per cent of those receiving support from the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society are children, and 18 per cent are senior citizens.
About Purolator’s commitment to hunger
As Canada’s leading integrated freight, parcel and logistics solutions provider with national resources of more than 12,000 teammates and more than 3,000 courier vehicles and the ability to reach almost every destination in Canada, Purolator is committed to helping alleviate hunger in the communities where it operates. As part of this commitment, Purolator works closely with its teammates, customers and food banks across Canada to collect donations and help raise awareness about the issue of hunger. Since its inception in 2003, Purolator Tackle Hunger has helped deliver the equivalent of more than 6.5 million pounds of food to food banks across Canada.
For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Courtney Reistetter
Manager,  Corporate Communications
905 712-1084 ext. 23851

BC Filmed Productions Participate in Reel Thanksgiving Challenge

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 10:30am
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, 22 production companies and five local unions currently filming in BC have signed up to the second 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. 
In its inaugural year the event raised over $55,000 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 look forward to supporting them in achieving their goals again this year.”
Creepy “psycho” thriller “Bates Motel” picked up last year’s industry gong after pulling in $11,000 in donations in less than two weeks, blowing away the competition.
The fundraising fun starts on Sept. 29 and ends Oct. 10, for more information on the productions taking part and to get involved visit You can also follow the challenge through social media via dedicated hashtag #ReelThanks14. 

Curbside Fresh Market Sets Sights on Increasing Access to Affordable Fresh Produce

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 8:00am
Vancouver, BC - The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society is excited to announce the launch of Curbside Fresh Market, a pilot project hitting the streets this summer to sell affordable fresh produce in a number of locations across the city.
Curbside Fresh Market is aiming to bridge the gap by bringing low-cost fresh produce to areas of the city with limited food access. The initial locations for the weekly mobile market are Collingwood Neighbourhood House and Skeena Terrace, with three additional locations expected to be fully operational over the course of the summer.
Aart Schuurman Hess, CEO of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society, says: “We are excited to be connecting and collaborating with communities across Vancouver and helping increase access to quality produce where it is needed. The Curbside Fresh Market will be a valuable learning process for us as we work towards our vision of accessible, healthy and sustainable food for all and continue striving towards  improving the overall health of our community.”
The Curbside Fresh Market will sell 24 fresh produce items weekly. These will include 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. 
The Curbside Fresh Market can be found at the following locations:
Skeena Terrace - 2298 Cassiar Street - Mondays from 10am - 2pm.
 Collingwood Neighbourhood House  - 5288 Joyce Street -  Thursdays from 1pm - 6pm.
About The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society (GVFBS)
The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society is a non-profit organization with a mission to empower people to nourish themselves by providing access to healthy food, education and training. The GVFBS provides assistance to over 28,000 people weekly through 15 food depots and over 100 community agencies located in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and North Vancouver. The GVFBS 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.