The North Shore Neighbourhood House has been a Greater Vancouver Food Bank (GVFB) depot location for nearly 20 years. Like many food banks, the GVFB began in the 1980’s to deliver emergency food to people struggling during the recession.
A lot has changed since then, and the GVFB is changing it’s approach too – new “Food Hubs” are replacing traditional depots, and they empower clients to nourish themselves by providing access to healthy food, education and training. The North Shore Neighbourhood House is proud to be the first pilot location for the new Food Hub model.
We want everyone to access healthy food with dignity. For this reason, we developed a partnership with the GVFB to sell our produce at the Food Hub for the first time. Each week we provide a selection of fresh picked produce grown in one of our Sharing Gardens at very affordable prices alongside the typical food bank wears. We can see it was working: people have a choice, they have access to high quality vegetables, and they really appreciate their value.
We sell produce at the Food Hub at low costs (usually less then $1) because the act of choosing and purchasing produce has much more dignity than being handed a hamper.