People are often surprised to learn that the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society employs less than 30 people. Assisting over 28,000 people per week and moving over 8.5 million pounds of food through a 36,000 square foot warehouse makes for a very busy team, however we feel honoured to do the work that we do and if it wasn't for the support of our community partners, it simply wouldn't be possible.
From our largest corporate donors and sponsors to our dedicated regular volunteers, we recognize the meaning in every donation, no matter how big or how small. In fact, we realize that in many circumstances, donations that may outwardly appear small in size are often the largest in meaning, so to everyone who recognizes the need in our community and contributes in whatever capacity they are able to, we thank you.
Many local food manufacturers/producers and retailers donate food to the Food Bank on a regular basis and some in industrial size quantities. If you see it in the grocery store, you'll find it at the food bank. Thousands of pounds of produce such as tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, carrots and potatoes are donated weekly from produce wholesalers, growers and farmers, which in turn provides critical healthy, nutrious food for those who need it most.
The Food Bank receives thousands of pounds of food each day through the support of grocery stores in the Greater Vancouver area. Grocery stores include: Safeway, Save On Foods, MarketPlace IGA, Real Canadian Superstore, Capers, Choices, T&T Supermarkets, SuperValue, Stongs, and Extra Foods.
Stores provide space for food collection bins to make it easier for people to donate. Donations of bread and other food products from their store are also donated to the Food Bank. Many stores also continue to sponsor Food Bank events.
Corporate and community partnership is key to strong support of the projects and operations of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Helping raise money through office holiday parties, fundraising challenges to partner offices, payroll deduction and raffles as well as a variety of other creative means are all effective ways of making a difference. Whether you raise a few dollars or thousands, your support helps facilitate the purchase of fresh food for our clients and help keep our operations running. You will benefit by knowing that you've made a difference in someone else's life by building camaraderie amongst your employees and standing out as a socially conscious organization.