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World Food Day

World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world on the 16th of October in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. The day is celebrated widely by many other organisations and this year's focus is “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition".

Covenant House Vancouver offers free meals, snacks and beverages to youth in all of our programs. We strive to provide our young people with nutritious, filling meals and teach them how to budget, shop and cook meals independently.

We are always happy to accept non-perishable food items to help keep costs down when preparing meals. We also provide our youth with start-up food kits when the move into their own apartments.

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Homelessness Action Week October 13-19th

Homelessness Action Week is an annual event focused on bringing public awareness and understanding to the issue of homelessness in the Greater Vancouver region.

Homelessness Action Week is an opportunity to get involved in homelessness action in your community by attending events, and spreading the word about homelessness action through education, advocacy, and social media activity.

Click here to learn more.

October 17th is in Invisible Night - an eventful evening of art, film and dialogue to raise awareness about youth homelessness.

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Happy Thanksgiving & Best Wishes!

We are sending thanks out to all our youth, volunteers, supporters, donor’s and staff! Thank you for all you do and for being part of the Covenant House Vancouver family.

Best Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is here, so our minds have turned
To what time has taught us, to what we've learned:
We often focus all our thought
On shiny things we've shopped and bought.
We take our pleasure in material things,
Forgetting the pleasure that friendship brings.
If a lot of our stuff just vanished today,
We'd see the foundation of each happy day
Is special relationships, constant and true,
And that's when our thoughts go directly to you.
We wish you a Thanksgiving you'll never forget,
Full of love and joy—your best one yet!

By Joanna Fuchs

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*Just a heads up that we will be upgrading our NetCommunity Online Donations System on Monday October 14th at 5:30 AM.  We’ve scheduled this for Thanksgiving Monday at the earliest time slot available in order to minimize the impact on you. Please note you may not be able to give online for up to a couple of hours during the upgrade. Thank you for your patience.*

Christmas Backpack Program for our Youth

This holiday season, 275 homeless youth ages 16-24 will receive backpacks full of gifts at our Annual Christmas Party. Please help us give them the Christmas they deserve!

Top Ten Needed Items for Christmas Backpacks (new only please):

Items                                                    What we have                         What we need


1. Men’s Shaving Cream                             0                                               200

2. Women’s Shaving Cream                        0                                               80

3. Men’s Hoodies                                          0                                               200

4. Men’s T-shirts                                            0                                               200

5. Women’s Hoodies                                      0                                               80

6. 2 in 1 Shampoo/Conditioner                     0                                               280

7. Blankets     (Completed)                  280                                    280

8. Backpacks                                                     0                                               280

9. Women’s Underwear                                   0                                               240

10. Men’s Boxers                                              0                                                600

For a complete list of what we need for our Christmas backpack program click here. Please ensure an inventory sheet is filled out and attached to your backpack donation (We use this form to differentiate between backpack donations and regular donations).

Inquiries for the backpack program or for more information please contact:
Amy Cotton 604-639-8937

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