CBC News: Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House serves up meals for the whole community
Originally published on CBC News, November 30, 2017
Grassroots group provides hundreds of free nutritious meals every week, says operations manager
By Cory Correia, CBC News
The non-profit society says in the last year it has served over 40,000 meals in-house, and its outreach program has fed 16,800 on the street.
Operations manager, Rory Sutherland says the group serves all members of the community, including the homeless, people living in single-room occupancy units, and seniors.
He says the fresh vegetables and whole foods that it serves are particularly needed for those living in the Downtown Eastside.
“Generally in the neighbourhood there’s lots of processed foods, the kind of foods that are high in fat, flavour enhancing chemicals, lots of sugar, so we have a niche here for people that really appreciate healthy food,” said Sutherland.
He says with the health conditions of some people in the community, many of their visitors appreciate the society’s meals that are high in fibre, and complemented with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Sutherland says the society receives a variety of donations, but they’ve come to rely on the weekly donation they get from the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, which he says provides them with beans, lentils, fresh fruits and vegetables.
“The food bank is something that we can count on. We place our order, we know what we’re going to get,” he said.
This is one of 80 organizations in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, and the North Shore that the food bank partners with, providing food to approximately 27,000 people.
The group says they have a critical need for financial donations, as well as plant-based organic foods, large bags of whole grain brown rice, and quinoa.
The Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House Right to Food Network is a member of the Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks.