Vancouver ecoVillage Community Food Pantry
Our Community Food Pantry helps hospital out-patients
and those struggling with isolation.
All our food is donated by local food retailers, manufacturers, restaurants, caterers. We do not buy food.
We supply high-nutrition to our clients.
Fresh fruit and vegetables; high-protein foods for seniors and hospital out-patients with special dietary needs; quality dairy foods like almond milk, yogurt and cheeses; vegan products, nuts, eggs and fresh bakery goods; low-sugar and non-dairy substitutes for diabetics and those with allergies.
No funding from the government.
Our program is supported by community partners keen on reducing food-waste and at the same time giving back to their community. Their donations help us cover our costs such as insurance, transport, wages, refrigeration and warehousing.
For every $1 donated, we are able to deliver enough food for one meal.
Led by a Volunteer Board of committed business and community leaders, we are making a signficant social impact.
We support over 3000 low-income residents each week:
If you feel you are eligible, please download and fill out in FULL an application form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org - please attach scanned copies of Govt. Issued ID for each person applying.
Food Waste in Canada
Canadians waste $31 billion of food every year, 47% wasted in the home*.
The primary contributor to consumer food waste is high expectations—demand for high-quality, aesthetically-pleasing food is a key factor behind the volume of food waste occurring among consumers.*
In North America, over 30 percent of fruits and vegetables are rejected by supermarkets because they aren't attractive enough for consumers.
*According to the Cut Waste, Grow Profit 2014 report.
Food Insecurity in Canada
32% of the people requiring food assistance are children.**
25% of food bank users are immigrants.**
16% of people in need of food assistance have income from recent or current employment.*
79,000 people each month access a food bank for the first time.*
Almost 40% of food bank clients have a diploma, degree or higher.**
On average, people in the city core who use food assistance programs do so for two years.**
It’s no surprise that food is the #1 source of garbage in landfills today. In fact, 1/3 of food produced in the North America goes to waste, leading to $161 billion in losses out of our pockets. This infographic gives you a new look at food storage and how to make the most out of your grocery budget. There are many instances where perfectly good food is tossed out – due to labeling. This explains food labeling guidelines to ensure that you aren’t throwing away food that can still be consumed, along with giving you useful tips and tricks to getting the most out of your grocery budget.