After the coronavirus pandemic forced the Greater Vancouver Food Bank to shutter operations at its regular distribution locations, the charity has announced the opening of its new temporary locations.
“As part of our many operational adaptations to address the COVID-19 health crisis, we have had to deal with the closure of our food distribution locations (neighbourhood houses, churches, community centres),” the GVFB said on its website. “With the critical need for social distancing, we have had to make alternate plans.”
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These “alternate plans” include setting up distribution locations at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and the Mount Pleasant Community Centre – the size of these facilities allowing for proper physical distancing.
The food bank’s other distribution sites currently in operation now include:
- Greater Vancouver Food Bank head office, Burnaby
- North Shore Neighbourhood House, North Vancouver
- Tipperary Park, New Westminster
The GVFB said it is also “working continuously and responsibly to ensure we continue to get healthy food to those in need, in a way that is operationally sustainable at this time.”
In addition, the food bank said it is not requiring proof of income from its patrons at this time; rather, it is “100% focused” on getting healthy food to those in need.
“We ask only for picture ID to ensure that we are the best food bank location for you, and to ensure we support your whole family,” the charity clarified. New clients will receive food on their first visit at any of the GVFB’s locations with ID.