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    BC Flood Relief Your donation matters now more than ever! ​ DONATE NOW If you are in need of assistance, please visit find a food bank to find your nearest local food bank. FIND A FOOD BANK DONATE MEMBER RESOURCES WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO Food Banks BC is the provincial association of food banks. Our membership comprises of 102 hunger relief agencies throughout British Columbia. We support our members through the provision of resources that assist their efforts to tackle hunger in communities they represent. This is achieved through the distribution of food and financial donations, providing access to training and capacity building programs, networking opportunities, and as a representative voice to speak to the needs of food banks as well as the hundreds of thousands of British Columbians who face ongoing food insecurity. Our vision is an end to hunger in BC. ​ Food Banks BC is a proud member of Food Banks Canada . READ MORE COVID-19 RESPONSE We want to assure our Partners, Donors, Volunteers and Clients that our food bank network is working hard to meet the needs of everyone who needs help. Local food banks are making sure they continue to meet the needs of all individuals and families, and are adapting to ensure food is distributed safely. Yes, we will be staying open and ready to assist. To Clients of our Member Food Banks: Please visit our Find a Food Bank page and connect directly with your own local food bank. They will let you know about opening hours and new protocols designed to keep you safe while you access services. ​ To our Donors and Partners. Now more than ever, we need your help to assist our network. All monies donated will be used to provide support to our food banks. DONATE DID YOU KNOW? Food bank visits have increased by 5%, from 124,000 to 131,000 visits/month since 2019 30% of all food bank users in BC are children. 1 out of every 3 food bank users is a child. The number of seniors (65+ years) accessing food banks has increased by 20% in the past 2 years Each month B.C. food banks provide over 125,000 meals through shelters, soup kitchens and school lunch programs

  • Donate Funds for Flood Relief | Food Banks BC

    Your Help Is Urgently Needed The pandemic, summer wildfires and recent floods have had a devastating impact on food banks in BC. Your donation helps us to help our food banks. Your generosity ensures that member food banks have access to the resources that will help them feed their communities. ​ We are very grateful for your generous support DONATE NOW Food Banks BC never solicits door-to-door for donations. If someone calls at your home asking for monetary gifts, please do not donate without having checked their credentials carefully. Receipts issued by an entity which is not a Registered Charity are not valid for income tax purposes. DONATE BY PHONE Call us at 604.498.1798 and we will take your credit card or bank information over the phone. DONATE BY MAIL Mail your cheque to: Food Banks BC, Suite 100 – 12761 – 16th Avenue, Surrey, BC V4A 1N2 ​ DONATE BY EFT Please email us at info@foodbanksbc.com for banking details When donating online, tax receipts are emailed automatically. For phone, mail and EFT donations, tax receipts are issued within 2-4 weeks.

  • Donate | Food Banks BC

    CHOOSE YOUR WAY TO DONATE Food Banks BC never solicits door-to-door for donations. If someone calls at your home asking for monetary gifts, please do not donate without having checked their credentials carefully. Receipts issued by an entity which is not a Registered Charity are not valid for income tax purposes. Donate Funds Donate Food Volunteer

  • 2021 CBC Food Bank Day | Food Banks BC

    2021 CBC FOOD BANK DAY! Donate Now

  • | Food Banks BC

    Emergency BC Flood Relief Your donation matters now more than ever! ​ DONATE NOW If you are in need of assistance, please visit find a food bank to find your nearest local food bank.

  • About Us | Food Banks BC

    ABOUT US Food Banks BC is grateful and honoured to work on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Salish Peoples, including the q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), q̓ʷɑ:n̓ƛ̓ən̓ (Kwantlen), and Semiahma (Semiahmoo) land-based nations. We are a provincial organization and our work goes beyond the place where we live and impacts the lives of nations across BC and Turtle Island. Vision, Mission & Goals Our Vision: A hunger-free future ​ Our Mission: To lead, inspire, empower and support our members to achieve hunger-free communities for all British Columbians ​ Our Goals: Create value and opportunities for members Build sustainable fundraising and partnerships Develop a sustainable dynamic organizational culture Promote effective public awareness and education Food Bank Facts More than 50% of BC’s food banks are in rural areas (less than 10K population) ​ More than 50% of BC’s food banks are run completely by volunteers ​ More than 80,000 individuals are assisted by our food banks every month in BC ​ 10,000 seniors each month access a food bank ​ Each month, BC food banks provide an additional 496,000 meals through shelters, soup kitchens & school lunches Many food banks go above and beyond the original mandate of basic food support. 75% offer ‘food focused’ programs. 45% offer ‘skill building’ programs. All this in addition to providing emergency help, while they seek long term solutions to hunger and food insecurity such as: Recovery of surplus perishable foods Community gardens Home canning and preserving classes Community kitchens Nutritional education, cooking, baking classes Farm Gleaning Projects Supplying and Supporting School Lunch, Snack and After School programs Providing Food for Emergency Centres Meeting the Special Needs – seniors, babies, children, pregnant or nursing women Drop in Meals ​Farmer’s Markets Working Together with Local Farmers Reclamation of surplus food Holistic Care –free dental care, shelters, temporary housing, showers, clothing, laundry Nutritional Classes Delivery & mobile food banks Networking to services Budgeting help Employment search support Food Banks BC is the provincial member association of food banks in British Columbia. Food Banks BC is a proud member of Food Banks Canada . We support our members through the provision of resources that support growth and sustainability. This is achieved through the distribution of food and financial donations, providing access to training and capacity building programs, networking opportunities and the sharing of best practices, and as a representative voice to speak to the needs of food banks and their communities throughout BC. ​ Our membership is comprised of 102 food banks.

  • Staff and Board | Food Banks BC

    STAFF & BOARD Staff Dan Huang-Taylor Executive Director Dan@foodbanksbc.com ​ ​ (604) 954-1326 Alison Jones Director of Finance Alison@foodbanksbc.com Christine Ryan Manager, Administration and Special Projects Christine@foodbanksbc.com Sherri Binks Manager, Food Programs Sherri@foodbanksbc.com Marina Heidt Administrative Assistant Marina@foodbanksbc.com Nick Johnson Manager, Member Services Nick@foodbanksbc.com Board Food Banks BC is governed by a volunteer board of directors, elected by the membership annually. The board is comprised of concerned citizens and representatives from our food bank network: ​ ​ Scott Nicoll, Chair Mike Cooke, Treasurer Bev Elder Candice Little Leventine Adams Julie Dickson Hajira Hussain Janiene Boice Gordie Hogg Corrie Epp

  • The Full Cupboard - Vancouver Island | Food Banks BC

    THE FULL CUPBOARD - VANCOUVER ISLAND Donate The Full Cupboard, Island Savings’ community-based signature program, was established in 2016 to raise food, funds and awareness about the critical issue of childhood hunger in the communities where Island Savings operates. The Full Cupboard serves eleven food banks across Vancouver Island, Salt Spring Island and Pender Island, and all food and funds stay in the community where they were donated. ​ Since being launched, valued members, community partners and employees have helped raise over $416,929 and 11,834 pounds of food. That’s the equivalent of over 1,115,724 meals! Island Savings invites all members, community partners and local businesses to support The Full Cupboard by making a cash donation to a local food bank. ​ Donate now, or visit The Full Cupboard website for more details on how you can get involved. Let’s work together to ensure all British Columbians have a Full Cupboard!

  • Basics for Babies | Food Banks BC

    BASICS FOR BABIES Donate Basics for Babies is JR Country’s partnership with the Lower Mainland Food Bank’s to assist them in providing for the tiniest in need. JR Country’s Basics for Babies program began with a new dad, General Manager of JR Country at the time, recognizing the challenges faced by new parents and wondering how those with less than he had made it work. He reached out to his local food bank to see if there was a program designed to assist families, specifically those with new babies. There was not. And so, Basics for Babies was born. ​ In 1994, Basics for Babies launched as a partnership with the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society and raised just less than $1000. A few years later, it grew to include other Lower Mainland Food Banks like Surrey and Langley, reaching a high watermark of $264,000 in 2006. Food Banks BC took over the distribution of the funds raised. Then in 2017, for the first time in its 23 years, the program was able to fully meet the needs of the 11 Lower Mainland Food Banks it was partnered with. The program now aims to serve all 100 Food Banks under the Food Banks BC umbrella. ​ The most unique and, we think, impressive thing about Basics for Babies is not that the charity feeds and diapers babies in need (although there are no other programs like it in BC). The most unique and impressive thing about Basics for Babies is that all administrative and operational costs are covered by 93.7 JR Country and the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group. More than 99% of the donations, cash and product, go to the babies, because, after all, it’s for the babies! From the bottom of our hearts, Thank you for your donation.