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  • Staff and Board | Food Banks BC

    Staff Dan Huang-Taylor Executive Director EMAIL Christine Ryan Manager of Operations EMAIL Sherri Binks Manager, Food Programs EMAIL Nick Johnson Manager, Member Services EMAIL Marina Heidt Financial Clerk EMAIL Katie Orr Provincial Manager, National Standards EMAIL Paula Walton Administrative Assistant EMAIL Shanille Samra Financial Controller EMAIL Board of Directors Food Banks BC is governed by a volunteer board of directors, elected by the membership annually. The board is comprised of community representatives and representatives from our food bank network: Scott Nicoll, Chairperson Carol Camille Lindsay Miles-Pickup Mike Olson Treska Watson Hajira Hussain, Co-Chairperson Gordie Hogg Lucille Gnanasihamany Scott Zayac Cathy Chaplow, Treasurer Leventine Adams Mavis A. Erickson Sydney Goodfellow (she/her)

  • Home | Food Banks BC | British Columbia

    Support food banks The demand for food banks has never been greater than it is today. We need your ongoing support! Donate Who we are and what we do 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. ​ Our vision is a hunger free British Columbia. Learn more Did you know? 124,000 to 195,000 Food bank visits have increased by 57% since 2019 30% of all food bank users in BC are children. 1 out of every 3 food bank users is a child +20% The number of seniors accessing food banks has increased in the past 2 years -30% Donations have dropped across the province

  • School Nutrition Pilot Program

    < Back School Nutrition Pilot Program Urgent action is needed to address childhood poverty and hunger in BC and food banks play a critical role in this work. One of the food bank statistics that has always stood out is that 1 in 3 clients is a child. How do we get that to 1 in 4, 1 in 5, 1 in 10? Through the provision of adequate, nutritious food for kids in schools, it is our hope that we can start to see a reduction in the number of families and children who rely on food bank services, and in the process, feed kids for learning and reduce the strain on our network. More details of this project will be available closer to the pilots being launched in Fall 2023. Previous Next

  • Emergency Food Support

    < Back Emergency Food Support Food banks play a crucial role during times of emergency and natural disaster. This happens through the provision of food, water and other urgently needed supplies to evacuees, people impacted within the community, aid services and non-profits, and frontline emergency service personnel. In 2021, the fire that devastated the town of Lytton resulted in hundreds of people from surrounding communities losing access to a local food source, resulting in a food security emergency across the entire region. Partnering with the Salvation Army, Associated Grocers, and Gordon Food Services, Food Banks BC was able to coordinate and deliver food and other supplies into the community on an ongoing basis. This work continues to this day. In that same year, the extensive flooding that destroyed critical infrastructure and vital connections in BC’s roadways left communities like Hope, Boston Bar and Nicomen stranded. Partnering with Helicopters Without Borders, Food Banks BC was able to fly food into isolated communities to ensure basic needs were met. As the frequency and intensity of weather events such as fires, floods and droughts continues, the work of Food Banks BC and our members will becomes even more critical. Previous Next

  • Perishable Food Refrigeration

    < Back Perishable Food Refrigeration The unnecessary loss of consumable food is a critical issue. Over $6 Billion of food is wasted in BC every year, sent to landfills when it could be redirected to feed hungry families. Seeing the urgent need to reduce this unbearable waste and get more fresh and healthy food onto the tables of British Columbians, Food Banks BC launched the Perishable Food Recovery Program. With the generous support of the Provincial Government, $12.5 million has been provided to food banks in BC to purchase equipment that has significantly expanded the capacity of these agencies to store, transport and distribute perishable food, while allowing our members to create effective local food recovery programs. This in turn means that the tens of thousands of people who access food banks in BC every month have a broader access to healthy, nutritious food items. The secondary impact of this program is the diversion of waste from landfills and the reduction in harmful greenhouse gas emissions from food waste. Food waste produces 3.3 billion tons of carbon dioxide and 56.5 million tons of methane every year; devastatingly harmful emissions that contribute to the climate change emergency we are in. Every pound of food that is diverted away from a landfill is not only helping feed someone facing hunger, but contributing in the fight against climate change. Impact Report 2020 .pdf Download PDF • 8.34MB Previous Next

  • The Resilient North

    < Back The Resilient North This project, delivered in partnership with the Public Health Association of BC , sets out to understand the opportunities and barriers regarding food access in northern BC by: 1. Create a comprehensive understanding of where and what communities’ needs are in terms of food access; (e.g., infrastructure, funding models, capacity, and network building) by using secondary data, including regional grant applications, the food access survey data set, literature reviews and other academic documents as well as grey literature, tools, and social media content. 2. Engage communities to further guide the project through community conversations which include focus groups, interviews, and broad stakeholder engagement. 3. Co-develop food access model(s) that address root causes of inequality experienced by northern communities (e.g. granting models that unintentionally perpetuate harm for communities, systemic barriers to food access funding/infrastructure for rural/remote and under-resourced communities, and soling that discourages broader network building). The Project research phase has been completed. Using what we heard and learned we will be investing in programs and community initiatives that will support the project’s objectives of developing sustainable and dignified food access systems across northern BC, and establishing community-driven operations that reduce barriers to food access in rural, remote and indigenous communities. Apply now for the Rapid Stimulus Grant Previous Next

  • The Resilient North

    < Back The Resilient North This project, delivered in partnership with the Public Health Association of BC , sets out to understand the opportunities and barriers regarding food access in northern BC by: 1. Create a comprehensive understanding of where and what communities’ needs are in terms of food access; (e.g., infrastructure, funding models, capacity, and network building) by using secondary data, including regional grant applications, the food access survey data set, literature reviews and other academic documents as well as grey literature, tools, and social media content. 2. Engage communities to further guide the project through community conversations which include focus groups, interviews, and broad stakeholder engagement. 3. Co-develop food access model(s) that address root causes of inequality experienced by northern communities (e.g. granting models that unintentionally perpetuate harm for communities, systemic barriers to food access funding/infrastructure for rural/remote and under-resourced communities, and soling that discourages broader network building). The Project research phase has been completed. Using what we heard and learned we will be investing in programs and community initiatives that will support the project’s objectives of developing sustainable and dignified food access systems across northern BC, and establishing community-driven operations that reduce barriers to food access in rural, remote and indigenous communities. Apply now for the Rapid Stimulus Grant Previous Next

  • Provincial Programs | Our Impact | Food Banks BC

    Our Impact Provincial Programs Food insecurity and food acce ss are complex issues. Social policy, systemic racism, climate change, geography, and colonial food systems are just a few of the contributing factors that have created this increasingly critical situation we face as a society. Food Banks BC is grateful to the Provincial Government and donors for their support in helping Food Banks BC conduct important work to alleviate hunger , particularly among people and communities that are disproportionately impacted by poverty and hunger. School Nutrition Pilot Program Learn more Emergency Food Support Learn more The Resilient North Learn more Perishable Food Refrigeration Learn more

  • Accessibility and Equity Guide

    Accessibility and Equity Guide The guide is a resource for food bank operators seeking to make their food bank environments more accessible and welcoming to people with disabilities, 2SLGBTQIIA+ people, community members who identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Colour, and other equity-deserving groups. To reflect the current best practices and standards , the guide was compiled through an international literature review and interviews with BC food banks. In addition, it is accessible to PDF/UA standards, ensuring accessibility to the broadest audience possible. Download

  • Partner Campaigns

    Partner Campaigns Our supporting partner campaigns exemplify the transformative power of collaboration, showcasing how collective efforts can make a profound and positive impact on the communities served. We invite you to explore our partner campaigns and join us in making a difference, one partnership at a time. Together, we can build a brighter future for all. The Full Cupboard Vancouver Island The Full Cupboard is a community-based signature cause program established by Island Savings in 2016. Donate Now The Full Cupboard Fraser Valley The Full Cupboard is a community-based signature cause program established by Envision Financial in 2013. Donate Now Feed the Valley Feed the Valley is a community-based signature cause program established by Valley First in March 2010. Donate Now Basics for Babies® Basics for Babies® was created in 1994 when 93.7 JR Country recognized a chronic shortage of baby products at Lower Mainland Food Banks. Donate Now Sysco Kick One In Program Kick One In is a Sysco BC initiative to help fight hunger and increase food security in our local communities. Donate Now

  • Food Workplace Safety

    Food and Workplace Safety 10 Canned Food Myths Download Client Safe Food Transportation Download Food Distribution Guidelines Download Industry Food Donations Download WorkSafe BC Food Processing Download Anti-Racism Resource Download Donation of Game Meat Download Guidelines For Food Shelf Life Download Respectful Workplace Model Download Links Food Premises Regulation Canadian Food Inspection Agency Food Safe Certification

  • Accessibility Statemant | Food Banks BC

    Accessibility Statement Food Banks BC is committed to ensuring digital accessibility for people with disabilities. This website was designed to conform to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 AA. The website was last updated on October 5th, 2023. ​ If you encounter accessibility issues, we welcome your report. You can send the information to info@foodbanksbc.com .

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