Thank you to everyone who supported Love Local BC, our business partners and casino service providers. Together, we supported 105 local businesses from across the province and raised $17,509 to participating food banks in B.C. Our food drives in select casinos will be providing non-perishable food items to their local food banks. With the holidays just around the corner, these contributions will have a tremendous impact in our communities.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding an item purchased during this campaign, please email Mica Cobarrubia at firstname.lastname@example.org
Participating Food Banks
BCLC has partnered with 11 Food Banks to help feed those in need this holiday season.
Food Banks BC
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.
To learn more, visit https://www.foodbanksbc.com/
The Greater Vancouver Food Bank
The Greater Vancouver Food Bank (GVFB) provides food support to 8,500 individuals and 113 Community Agency Partners (CAPs) monthly across Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, and the North Shore. We reach and support a broad spectrum of people in need through our CAPs, including housing agencies, women’s shelters, and after-school programs, who provide hot meals and snacks to thousands of people each week. Thank you for providing healthy food to those in need by donating to the GVFB!
For more information, please visit: https://foodbank.bc.ca/
Archway Food Bank
The mission of the Archway Food Bank of Abbotsford is to nurture families and cultivate community within our city by providing supplemental food assistance and other supportive programs. The Food Bank operates on donated food, money, supplies, and services to provide support to 3000 people each month, 40% of those being children.
Since 1968, they have operated the Christmas Bureau which provides hampers for Christmas and toys for children and youth. For the past 8 years, they have hosted a Toys for Tots event to help stock the Christmas Bureau, where parents can shop for free gifts for their children.
In partnership with Archway Community Services and other amazing businesses, organizations, and volunteers, the Archway Food Bank offers their guests monthly supplemental food hampers, basic baby supplies such as diapers and formula, free dental care at their on-site clinic, kids’ summer camps, home delivery to seniors with mobility barriers, fresh produce, dairy, and meat through the Fresh Food Recovery program, special Christmas hampers, and the Starfish Pack Program (weekend meals for school aged children).
To learn more, please visit abbotsfordfoodbank.com
Comox Valley Food Bank
The Comox Valley Food Bank has been in operation since 1983 with a core mandate to distribute free emergency food to individuals and families facing food insecurity. As a non-profit organization committed to hunger relief efforts and healthy food initiatives, The Comox Valley Food Bank supplies food to our clients which is donated, rescued, and purchased using cash donations.
To learn more visit https://comoxvalleyfoodbank.ca/
Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank
Loaves and Fishes Food Bank is currently providing an average of 239,000 pounds of good food to individuals in need and over 100 other non-profits, schools and Indigenous Communities across Vancouver Island, free of charge. For every $1.00 Loaves and Fishes receives, we can give over $5.00 worth of food to those who might otherwise go hungry. Your support makes a real difference!
To learn more visit: www.nanaimoloavesandfishes.org
Campbell River Food Bank
For more than 35 years Campbell River Food Bank has provided food to those in need 3 times weekly. On average, we serve approximately 2,000 folks/month with 35% under the age of 18. We operate only because of the support of our community. We have no guaranteed income and the majority of our financial and in-kind donations come from individuals and businesses within Campbell River. Our small staff are bolstered by a team of volunteers to help us maintain our programs, making us truly a community sustained organization. Your support allows us to fill emptying shelves and share more with those who need our help and for that we are truly Thankful … Grateful … Blessed.
To learn more, please visit https://campbellriverfoodbank.com/
The Friends in Need Food Bank Society
The Friends in Need Food Bank serves as the food hub in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. Not only does it provide food to its registered clients, but it also works with any community organization or charity dealing with food insecurity. One of the programs it operates is the School Meal/Snack Program providing food on a weekly basis to 23 of the elementary and senior schools in SD42 as well as six alternative education programs. Another program the Friends in Need is very proud of is the Perishable Food Recovery Program which picks up food from local grocers diverting it from landfills. In two years, it has repurposed more than 2 million pounds of food of which 50% was used by the food bank and other charities; 40% went to fresh farm feed, and 10% was composted. This also resulted in a savings of almost 2 million kg of CO2 emissions.
To learn more, please visit www.FriendsNeedFood.com
Goldstream Food Bank
The Community Food Bank of the Western Communities has been in operation since 1983. It was launched by a number of service organizations to counter the affect of the recession on low-income residents. Hundreds of volunteer hours were devoted to starting the program.
After a brief period of management by an outside agency the Food Bank was reconstituted as the Goldstream Food Bank Society, a registered charity. The Society staff is entirely volunteer. It draws the support of local citizens, food distributers, schools and churches, local businesses and other community organizations.
We service the municipalities of View Royal, Langford, Colwood, Highlands, East Sooke and Metchosin.
The Food Bank is open the first three Tuesdays and Wednesdays of each month.
To learn more, please visit: https://goldstreamfoodbank.org/
Sources – Langley Food Bank
Sources Langley Food Bank is a member of Food Banks BC and Food Banks Canada, providing community members in need a minimum of two days worth of food per person per week. Extra healthy food items are also provided for each school-age child as well as formula and diapers for babies. Personal and household items are provided when available as well as pet food. During the holiday season the Food Bank provides extra food items for the holidays and school supplies are also available in September.
The Food Bank provides a mobile service for those who qualify and specific prepackaged food for those living on the street.
The Food Bank provides food support to several school lunch and breakfast programs as well other community agencies when needed.
Individuals and families who live on a low income in the Langley area (0 Ave. to the Fraser River, east of 196th St. and west of 276th St) are eligible to receive food bank services.
To Learn more, please visit: https://www.sourcesbc.ca/our-services/sources-langley-food-bank/
Kamloops Food Bank
This campaign will ensure we can continue to serve the Kamloops region - including nearly 6000 individuals, over 40 agencies and schools that meals, and 9 smaller regional food banks. By participating, you ensure important programs like Starfish Backpacks and the Baby Bank reach the Food Bank’s most vulnerable clients. Your support also benefits our food recovery program called foodSHARE that redirects healthy organic product from the landfills into the homes of those facing food insecurity - redirecting over 2.5 million pounds of food last year alone!
Thank you for helping us build a hunger-free community. To learn more, please visit https://www.kamloopsfoodbank.org/
Central Okanagan Food Bank
Hunger and poverty are consistently linked to poorer health and learning outcomes, putting more demands on already scarce health and social services. Proper nutrition is, and always will be, a vital link in the chain of good health. The Central Okanagan Food Bank provides nutritional food support to 54,000 individuals every year, 34% are children and youth and 20% are seniors living on a fixed income. Your gift make it possible for local families to bridge the gap between limited income and putting dinner on the table, and is one of the most significant and lasting contributions you can make to the cause of fighting hunger in our community. www.cofoodbank.com
Together We Can Make a Difference
Our local food banks require support more than ever. Consider making a donation to help thousands of British Columbians
affected by the recent catastrophic rains and flooding.