Vancouver Community College opens downtown kitchen as a meal prep hub

Apr 6 2020, 1:48 pm

The Vancouver Community College (VCC) has opened its downtown kitchen as a meal prep and distribution hub.

VCC, in collaboration with the City of Vancouver, has done this to help locals who have barriers to food security during COVID-19.

“VCC has been part of Vancouver’s fabric for over 50 years and we have a longstanding relationship with this community that is currently in need of additional support,” says Ajay Patel, VCC president and CEO.

“With the world-class professional kitchens and tools at our Downtown campus, we are pleased to help our neighbours and friends.”

The city reached out to VCC asking for assistance to distribute food during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Much of the regular food distribution has stopped for the Downtown Eastside (DTES) community, and the need to provide nutritious meals and snacks to the residents of Single Room Occupancy (SRO) units is a priority for the City,” read the release.

Now, VCC has a meal and food delivery program that sees them making 2,000 meals three times a week.