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Harvest Food Bank

Serving North Vancouver Island

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Food Bank

We operate a food bank which serves the population of 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. Within the constraints of our budget, we attempt to distribute a balanced mix of healthy foods to encourage good nutrition. To that end we operate the following four programs:


Our community food bank would not exist without generous donations from many sources. The local grocery stores are tremendous in their ongoing support, especially MarketPlace IGA and Island Foods in Port McNeill, and Save on Foods in Port Hardy. Without their generous and ongoing donations we would have to reduce or end many of our programs.

We occasionally receive food donations from Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank in Nanaimo and Campbell River Food Bank. Thanks to the generosity of the grocery stores in their cities they sometimes receive more food than they can distribute locally; we have been fortunate to receive some of that excess.

Many community-minded businesses and individuals donate food throughout the year. Food drives such as the Cram the Cruiser event run annually by the Port McNeill RCMP are a significant source of food.

In addition to food donations, we are fortunate to receive financial support from numerous individuals and organizations. Our operations are also financially supported by the BC government through a gaming grant. Financial donations can be mailed or dropped off at our retail store and are eligible for a tax receipt.

Food donations can be dropped off at our Port Hardy location during the retail store hours. There is also a donation bin located at the front of the store at MarketPlace IGA in Port McNeill, and beside the mall entrance at Save on Foods in Port Hardy.

While we happily accept donations of most kinds of food, the following items tend to be in chronic short supply and are especially appreciated:

Fresh produce is welcome as it is integral to a nutritious diet. If your garden produced too many zucchinis or your apple harvest is overwhelming, we'd be happy to distribute the excess for you.