Food Banks BC is the provincial association of food banks. Our membership is comprised of 107 hunger relief agencies throughout British Columbia.
We support our members and other agencies 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.
The role of Food Banks BC has significantly expanded in recent years. We are working with an increasing number of donors, government agencies, non-profits, and other stakeholders, and through this expanding network, we are broadening the scale and scope of our work, and reaching more people than ever before. Beyond our membership, we work with numerous agencies that specialize in providing food access support to equity-deserving groups, including racialized populations, refugees, Indigenous communities, seniors, and migrant workers.
The work of hunger relief is critical and it’s the immediate priority we all share.
Looking forward, we need to shift from hunger relief to systems change. Upstream solutions that seek to reduce and, eventually, eliminate the need for charitable food. Food Banks BC is committed to supporting the need to for urgent hunger relief services now, while taking the necessary actions to eliminate the need for these services altogether and working towards a hunger-free British Columbia.
Food Banks BC is a member of Food Banks Canada.
Who we are and what we do
Vision, Mission + Goals
A hunger-free British Columbia
To lead, inspire, empower and support our members to achieve hunger-free communities for all British Columbians
Provide value for members by enabling and supporting our members to learn, share, build capacity and sustainability, and meet the needs of their communities.
Identify and implement governance and operational best practices to enhance Food Banks BC's longterm value to our members and stakeholders.
Effectively represent the collective interests of our members to all stakeholders through advocacy while working innovatively and cooperatively to reduce food insecurity in British Columbia.
Provide leadership by supporting and promoting food security initiatives and agencies beyond our membership, where possible.
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We are honourable, inclusive, respectful, and trustworthy
We see and respect the inherent value and worth of every British Columbian
We are accountable to our members and transparent in our dealings with all stakeholders
We share and work with our stakeholders and each other collaboratively towards common goals
We advocate for and believe in equitable access to food for all British Columbians
We adapt and respond appropriately to changing conditions with timeliness, flexibility, and innovation