A new South Vancouver Food Hub is being offered from a partnership between South Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Network and Greater Vancouver Food Bank.
The South Vancouver Food Hub will replace the South Vancouver Food Bank, which was formerly held at Faith Fellowship Baptist Church. The South Vancouver Food Bank served an estimate of 160 households each week, including 35% seniors and 8% families with young children.
The new food hub will take place at South Vancouver Neighbourhood House, 6470 Victoria Drive (at 49th Avenue) on Tuesdays from 10am-12pm (excluding the week when provincial Social Assistance cheques are issued).
This move to the South Vancovuer Neighbourhood House enables individuals to connect to programs and services such as settlement support, family programs, language classes, seniors’ services, and other resources.
By moving beyond a food bank’s traditional charity model which has been criticized by advocates working in food security, food hubs offer access to community services, family supports, and relevant education. This approach not only increases access to nutritious foods but builds food skills, knowledge, and connections over a longer term.
This transition from food bank to food hub in South Vancouver is part of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank’s broader strategy to transform their food distribution centres into more welcoming spaces with the support of other service providers.
The Greater Vancouver Food Bank is trying to make their spaces more dignified by having designated time slots to avoid the need for line ups, enabling clients to choose their own items and checkout when ready, and offering hot beverages or snacks. These are just a few of their efforts to reduce stigma and barriers at food banks and build connection between community members and neighbours.
For more information or to sign up as a food hub volunteer, please contact Zsuzsi Fodor at ZsuzsiF@foodbank.bc.ca.
A list of all food bank and food hub locations can be found here.