Food Bank

What We Do

We operate a food bank which serves the Regional District of Mount Waddington (approximately the northern third of Vancouver Island and a portion of the mainland opposite). Our all-volunteer staff work to ensure an equitable distribution of food to persons in need within the district.


Fresh produce, eggs, and dairy are purchased weekly, while canned and dry foods are ordered as needed. Donated food is also an important part of what we distribute. As much as our resources allow, we attempt to distribute a balanced mix of healthy foods to encourage good nutrition. To that end we operate the following four programs:

Grocery Program

This program assists households to overcome short-term challenging circumstances. Our goal is to provide at least 3 days of food for each household. A household can access this program once a month.

Registered North Vancouver Island residents living in Alert Bay, Port Alice, Port McNeill, Sointula, or Woss can sign up using our Food Box Request form.

Fresh Eats Program

Fresh food is available at the front counter in our retail store during regular store hours. Bring your own bag and get a variety of nutritious fresh and ready-to-eat foods. Everyone may access this program once daily. This program was formerly called the Bread Bin Program.

School Meal Program

Area schools receive food weekly from the food bank in support of their meal programs. These programs provide thousands of snacks and meals to school children each month.

Partnership Program

We partner with various social services agencies and other social organizations to provide food seven days a week for a variety of programs. These range from a men’s group breakfast to a cooking skills training class to local soup kitchens.

As part of this program, Breakfast Club offers a take-away breakfast at our south door Monday thru Friday from 9:30 to 10:30. Breakfast Club is operated by Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nations, Island Health, and Sacred Wolf Friendship Centre.