Thank You, Food Bank of Canada!

The Food Bank of Canada’s mission is to relieve hunger today and prevent hunger tomorrow. With their network, they are working towards a Canada where no one goes hungry.

What we are thankful for

With the pandemic, the rising costs of food, and inflation, we have seen an increase in the need for food, by those who access CHV’s services.

The Food Bank of Canada has awarded us a generous grant of $10,000 that we had to spend by September 30th. We would like to thank them for their support that has helped us address the food insecurity that at-risk youth experience.

How CHV is using the grant

Some of you may have heard of Covey’s Cupboard. It started out as a pilot project to see if vulnerable youth required a resource to access groceries. It soon became apparent that there was a great need for such a service. The demand quickly became greater than the supply.

Thanks to the Food Bank of Canada, we have been able increase a youth’s weekly visit from once to twice a week. Covey’s Cupboard is open during the week, so to help support youth who need food over the weekend, part of the grant money has been invested into gift cards that can be honoured at a variety of locations, to acquire food.

Receiving an old freezer from the Pender building, using the grant, we have been able to buy food in bulk and now have a freezer to store it in, enabling us to provide youth with a greater variety of food, over a longer period of time.

Thank you to Food Banks Canada for supporting Covenant House Vancouver with this grant, with funding through the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Emergency Food Security Fund.