Food Bank

How We Operate

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.

Programs

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.

Bread Bin Program

Bread and other food items are available for self-service pick-up in our distribution area on Fridays during food box distribution. Everyone may access this program, whether or not they are picking up a food box.

School Meal Program

Area schools receive food from the food bank in support of their meal programs. These programs help to 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 for a variety of programs. These range from a men’s group breakfast to a cooking skills training class to the local soup kitchens.