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 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:
- Food Banks British Columbia
- Food Banks Canada
- Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society (GVFBS)
- Langley Food Bank
- Richmond Food Bank Society
- Surrey Food Bank Society
- Single Parent Food Bank