Food Banks & Food Services

Food Services and Training Programs

Carnegie Community Centre
401 Main Street Vancouver, BC V6A 2T7
The Carnegie Community Centre provides residents of the Downtown Eastside with affordable, nutritious food  3 times a day, 365 days a year from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm.

>Downtown Eastside Kitchen Tables Project
Hosted by the Potluck Cafe Society, the Kitchen Tables Project is a collaboration of residents, food and service providers to create a sustainable Downtown Eastside Food System that enables people to access, abundant healthy food in a dignified manner while creating jobs in the community. Information about the locations of food distribution is available online and posted in key locations across the Downtown Eastside Community.

>Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre Kitchen
The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre offers women and their children with a free lunch every day between 12:30 and 1:45 pm.

>HAVE Cafe: HAVE Culinary Training Society
Hosted at the HAVE Cafe, the HAVE Culinary Training Society is a culinary training program that offers food service job training and work opportunities to individuals who experience financial, mental, and/or physical barriers to employment. The training program at HAVE Cafe helps individuals to gain the employment skills needed to work in the tourism and hospitality industry.

>Potluck Cafe Society
The Potluck Cafe Society is a non-profit organization that offers the residents of the Downtown Eastside with accessible nutrition, employment, on-the-job training, community kitchen, and other meal programs, like the Kitchen Tables Project.

>Quest Food Exchange
The Food Exchange program provides individuals living on low income access to affordable, healthy food through the food programs like the Not-For-Profit Grocery Markets, Bulk Food Orders, Gift Certificates, and Community Kitchen.

>Union Gospel Mission
The Union Gospel Mission provides residents of the Downtown Eastside with free and nutritious meals 3  times a day, 365 days a year. The organization also hosts special celebratory meals for thousands of residents on Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, and during an annual Summer BBQ.


Food Banks

Food banks are available in a number of areas in the Lower Mainland. Please contact the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society, at 604-876-3601, if you are unsure where your local food bank is located.

The following is a list of some food banks available in the Lower Mainland:


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