Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society


Food Drives Go Virtual This Holiday Season

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

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.
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. #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 for more information.

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