These are the Greater Vancouver Food Bank's 7 most needed items this holiday season

Dec 20 2018, 3:31 am

The month of December is a time for food and family, but there are many people in the Greater Vancouver area going hungry this holiday season.

The Greater Vancouver Food Bank (GVFB) has announced the most needed items for the holiday season. Hearty, canned beans, and meats top the list, as well as healthier whole-grain options for rice and pasta.

  • Canned Black Beans
  • Chickpeas and Kidney Beans
  • Canned Fish
  • Canned Chicken or Turkey
  • Whole Wheat Pasta
  • Brown Rice
  • Cash

Other needed foods include: hearty canned stew or chilli, natural peanut butter, barely or oats, couscous, canned veggies, and canned fruit. Cash is always a good option because it allows the food bank to purchase what it needs.

It should be noted that due to health and safety issues the food bank is not able to accept the following items:

  • Homemade items
  • Expired food
  • Products containing alcohol
  • Open packages of food

Non-perishable food items can be dropped off at participating grocery stores in Vancouver, Burnaby, and the North Shore, or at the Food Bank’s head office at 1150 Reymur Avenue in Vancouver.

“The Greater Vancouver Food Bank is a vital resource for so many families in the city. We share food with over 27,500 people in the Greater Vancouver area, with 22% of our food bank members being youth and children,” said Cynthia Kinsella, chief development officer with the GVFB, in a statement.

Greater Vancouver Food Bank

Greater Vancouver Food Bank

The GVFB has also partnered up with Safeway to collect donations. Throughout the month of December, shoppers will be able to purchase a pre-packaged food hamper of the most needed food-items and drop it off in a bin stationed in-store at Safeway locations.

“The donations we receive from Safeway make a huge difference and we’re so appreciative for how they help us feed those having a hard time in our communities. Now, more than ever, we encourage local residents to donate both, nutritious, non-perishable food items and funds to support our neighbours in need,” said Kinsella.

For more information about how to help end hunger this holiday season, visit the Greater Vancouver Food Bank’s website.

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