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Why We Donate to the Food Bank (and Hope You Will Too)

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By Hillary Webb

Posted on December 10, 2019 | Updated December 11, 2019, 11:32AM

For the month of December, the ECU Library and Special Events Committee is asking our community to consider making a donation to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

My story with the Vancouver Food Bank started when I moved into the Downtown Eastside/Strathcona neighbourhood and wanted to do something to directly help those in our community who are in need.

My husband and I got married around the corner from our house and split tips at the bar 50/50 with the bar staff and the Food Bank. The next year we hosted an anniversary party, asking friends to bake pies and give donations to the Food Bank in exchange for a slice.

Since then, giving to the Food Bank has become a holiday tradition for my family. This year I’m so pleased to be working with fellow colleague Danielle Benda, the ECU Special Events Committee, and the ECU Library to expand our annual Food Bank Drive to include a virtual portal.

Non-perishable food items can be dropped off at the Library. Cash donations can be made via the ECU Virtual Food Drive. Cash donations will be matched by the University! Help us meet (and surpass!) our goal of $500! Click here to get started.

The Greater Vancouver Food Bank was set up as a temporary relief to the hunger crisis in 1983 and has grown significantly in the three decades since then… Today the GVFB provides assistance to over 28,000 people weekly, 25% of our clients are children and youth, 35% are seniors.

GVFB website

Why give?
The mission of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank is to build strong, connected communities through the power of food and provide accessible, healthy and sustainable food to all.

Is cash better than donating non-perishable food items?
Yes! For every one dollar donated the Greater Vancouver Food Bank can buy three dollars worth of food! It can also purchase items that are most needed by the communities it supports.

Do I get a tax receipt?
Yes! A tax receipt will be emailed to you once you’ve made your donation.

What are the most needed non-perishable items?
No bulk foods, please.

  • The Food Bank is very in need of canned salmon with low sodium: This is the main source of protein in our Preschooler Packs get distributed to families with children under 5 years old
  • Hearty stew or chilli
  • Canned fish, chicken or turkey
  • Canned black, and kidney beans, or chickpeas
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Natural peanut butter
  • Brown rice, barley or oats
  • Whole wheat pasta or couscous

Contact: Hillary Webb | hillarywebb@ecuad.ca