Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society


Vancouverites Boink for a Good Cause

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 6:00am

Public challenged to pogo in fundraiser for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society

Vancouver, BC; March 20, 2013 – On this first official day of spring, Spring Advertising is hosting Boink Day, a public pogo bounce event in support of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.
Boink Day runs from 7am – 7pm today on the Georgia Street side of the Vancouver Art Gallery. For each pogo “boink” that is performed, Spring is donating $0.10 to the Food Bank.
“Vancouverites tend to get cabin fever this time year.  We’re calling on them to boink it out of their systems while supporting an organization faced with an ever-growing demand,” says Rob Schlyecher, Partner and Creative Director, Spring. “The miserable winter weather has really lingered this year, and this is a great way to celebrate the fact that spring has finally arrived – at least according to the calendar.”
2013 marks the fourth time Spring has held the event which features a new element this year, the Celebraboink. Spring has compiled a list of celebrities and specific individuals they want to see pogo and are calling on the public to take to social media and challenge these selected people to come participate.  The stakes get higher the more elusive the person is, with Spring’s donation for a boink from a Starbucks Barista at valued at $50, to $75 for a Green Man, to $150 for a boink from Gregor Robertson.  A complete list of those being challenged to boink can be found at
For those who are hesitant to pogo but interested in donating to the cause, cash or non-perishable food donations are also being accepted on-site at the event. Every $1 donated enables the Greater Vancouver Food Bank to purchase $3 of nutritious fresh fruit, vegetables, and eggs.
"We are very grateful for the energy and commitment that Spring brings to the critical issue of hunger in our community," says Aart Schuurman Hess, CEO, Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. "Hunger is a challenge 365 days of the year and thanks to Spring's creativity, we are raising awareness during an important time of year to help change that."
Twitter: #boinkday
Kay Thody
Communications Director
Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society
M: 604.813.3776
Contact: Cassandra Parsons
Elettra Communications
604 738 3870 / (c) 778 866 5620

Landlords and Tenants Join Forces to Help Fight Hunger in BC

Monday, March 18, 2013 - 7:00am

March 18, 2013; Vancouver, BC – The First Annual Spring Hope Food Drive has officially launched, seeing landlords and tenants rally together in the fight against hunger throughout British Columbia.

Led by a partnership between the BC Apartment Owners and Managers’ Association (BCAOMA) and the Rental Owners and Managers’ Society of BC (ROMS BC), landlords and tenants in many of the apartment buildings throughout major centers in BC will unite for the first annual event, taking place on March 21, 2013.
Tenants in multi-unit buildings across the province will be invited to contribute food items within their building, which will in turn be donated to local food banks in their communities.  Landlords have been busily working to help get the word out, setting up boxes and bins in their respective buildings and making it as easy as possible for tenants to get involved.
The food drive will be benefiting the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society; the Surrey Food Bank; the South Delta Food Bank; the Share Community Food Bank and the White Rock/South Surrey Food Bank in the lower mainland, the Mustard Seed Food Bank in Victoria and the Loaves and Fishes Food Bank in Nanaimo.
“What a great way for apartment owners and tenants to get together to help people who are in need," says BCAOMA Director Bill Goold . "I’ve been in the apartment building industry for 25 years and this is a great way to show that apartment owners care, because we really do.”
Food Banks BC Executive Director Laura Lansink said, “Food banks in our province assist close to 100,000 individuals every month and 30% of these are children. The Spring Hope Food Drive truly will bring hope, not only to these participating food banks, but to the families and individuals that turn to them for assistance each month.”
Rudi Wallace of the Mustard Seed commented that a major food drive at this time of year will be of tremendous benefit to their many clients. He said, “Hunger doesn’t have seasons and it is a challenge to us to fill our shelves in the months following Christmas.”
BCAOMA, located in Vancouver, has been the industry advocate for apartment owners and managers throughout BC for over 40 years. Along with championing industry interests, BCAOMA provides its members with general assistance, tenancy forms and supplies, media relations and educational resources. For more information, please visit
Twitter: @BCAOMA /  #SpringHOPE2013
For information or clarification to arrange an interview, please contact:
Bill Goold
Carly Ludwar-Jellis
Member Service Manager
Laura Lansink
Executive Director
Food Banks BC
Rudi Wallace
Assistant Food Bank Director
Mustard Seed Food Bank

Real Canadian Superstore locations & GVFBS participate in Food Banks Canada's New Retail Program

Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 10:00am

Real Canadian Superstore locations and the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society are pleased to participate in Food Bank Canada's New Retail Program to Help Fight Hunger.

Vancouver, BC, March 7, 2013 - TSX: L: – Building on the Extra Helping™ Food Drive program, Real Canadian Superstore® locations and the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society (GVFBS) are pleased to join efforts in a new initiative to help fight hunger by participating in Food Banks Canada’s new Retail Food program in the Vancouver area.
The program will help provide fresh food (bakery, meat and produce) to the 27,000 individuals and families that rely on the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society every week, of which 26 per cent are children.
“Unfortunately, we continue to see an increasing need throughout our communities,” says Aart Schuurman Hess, chief executive officer, Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. “This program will assist us in providing our clients with a consistent flow of fresh food. We thank the Real Canadian Superstore® team for working with us on this initiative, and for being such a valuable community partner to us for many years.”
With this new program, Real Canadian Superstore® locations, in addition to their ongoing donation of non-perishable food, will work with the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society to set aside a mix of fresh food, depending on product assortment and availability.
“Our grocery stores are proud to be part of the communities we serve and we are pleased to have been able to develop an arrangement that helps to increase the availability of fresh, quality food to those in need,” says Alex Morrison, regional vice-president, BC/Yukon Operations, Real Canadian Superstore® & Extra Foods®, Loblaw Companies Limited. 
In 2012, Loblaw banner stores in British Columba raised $160,000 and 140,000 pounds of food donated by customers and colleagues during food drives held at Real Canadian Superstore®, Your Independent Grocer®, nofrills®, Extra Foods®, and Wholesale Club™ stores.
“We are very excited and thrilled to be a part of this progressive approach to help meet the needs of local and provincial food banks. Across the country, Loblaw banner stores will participate in the Retail Food program in Vancouver, Montreal, Halifax, Winnipeg and Calgary,” says Peggy Hornell, senior director, Community Investment, Loblaw Companies Limited.
Nationally, Loblaw banner stores have a long history of supporting food banks in their local communities. Since the launch of the Extra Helping™ Food Drive campaign in 2009, Loblaw has raised over $5.6 million in cash donations and 6.3 million pounds of food. Additionally, it has donated $1.125 million corporately.
The 2013 Extra Helping™ Spring Food Drive kicks off on April 19, 2013, at Real Canadian Superstore®, Your Independent Grocer®, nofrills®, Extra Foods®, and Wholesale Club™ stores in communities across British Columbia.
About Loblaw Companies Limited
Loblaw Companies Limited, a subsidiary of George Weston Limited, is Canada's largest food retailer and a leading provider of drugstore, general merchandise and financial products and services. Loblaw is one of the largest private sector employers in Canada. With more than 1,000 corporate and franchised stores from coast to coast, Loblaw and its franchisees employ more than 134,000 full-time and part-time employees. Through its portfolio of store formats, Loblaw is committed to providing Canadians with a wide, growing and successful range of products and services to meet the everyday household demands of Canadian consumers. Loblaw is known for the quality, innovation and value of its food offering. It offers Canada's strongest control (private) label program, including the unique President's Choice®, no name® and Joe Fresh® brands. In addition, the Company makes available to consumers President's Choice Financial® services and offers the PC® points loyalty program.
About the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society (GVFBS)
The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society (GVFBS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing food and related assistance to those in need. The GVFBS collects and distributes food for nearly 27,000 people weekly through 15 food depots and over 100 community agencies located in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and North Vancouver. The GVFBS does not receive government funding and relies on the generosity of individuals and organizations willing to donate funds, food and time. For more information, please visit
For more information please contact:
Loblaw Public Relations Department
(905) 459-2500 or
Kay Thody
Communications Director
Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society
604.813.3776 or

Early Office Closure

Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 8:00am

Please note that the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society's main office will be closing at 1:30pm today for a memorial service. Regular depot and agency food distribution will not be affected.

The office will re-open at 8:30am on Friday, March 8th, 2013 for regular business hours.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

The Right to Food in Canada - A Community Conversation

Monday, February 25, 2013 - 12:00pm

Olivier De Schutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, will be presenting his report on Canada to the UN Council on Human Rights at Vancouver City Hall from 9am - 11am on March 4th. The meeting will be held in the Town Hall Room.

Mr. De Schutter will be sharing the conclusions of his report with communites gathered across Canada by way of an interactive webinar hosted by Food Secure Canada and the Vancouver Food Policy Council. Once the national webinar has ended, the conversation will continue with a short panel and roundtable discussion facilitated by Brent Mansfield, Co-Chair of the Vancouver Food Policy Council.

Panelists include:

  • Aart Schuurman Hess, CEO, Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society
  • Dawn Morrison, Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty
  • Fraser Stuart, Raise the Rates Campaign
  • Graham Riches, Professor Emeritus, School of Social Work, UBC

We hope you will join us for this important discussion. For more information please contact Brent Mansfield at or 604-837-7667.