The gap of food security and accessibility for the community has always existed, but is more apparent than ever now due to COVID-19. We started our food hamper at the end of November 2020, where our goal is to provide weekly emergency dignified food relief to those who are facing barriers to food security. As grocery stores are less accessible to vulnerable communities, the hampers are delivered directly to people’s homes through Shift Delivery, a local bike courier using trikes and electric cargo vehicles.
As per our Food Philosophy, we want to be able to share fresh, healthy food and increase food literacy with our community. The hampers consist of fresh fruits and vegetables, shelf stable items, such as dried beans, rice, oats, proteins such as eggs and canned salmon or tuna, and toiletries.
Recipes are shared in the hampers as the fresh produce varies weekly, with great intention we want our participants to increase food literacy by cooking in new ways or trying a new vegetable that they haven’t had before, while being culturally aware. We accommodate to dietary needs of the community including diabetic, low sodium, vegetarian/vegan diets.
So far, we have made and delivered almost 500 hampers! We would like to give a huge thanks to Saint Paul’s Anglican Church for providing us the space to safely sort out our hampers. We would also like to thank our funders, the United Way of the Lower Mainland and Mazon Canada for making this program possible to implement and carry forward.