Emergency Food and Essentials - SERVICES UPDATE

SCCSS Food Bank Service Update For the week of June 29 – July 3, please note the following Food Bank service updates: Tuesday, June 30, Regular service 11am -1pm; Wednesday, July 1, Stat holiday – Food Bank will be closed; Thursday, July 2, Service from 11am - 1pm (in lieu of July 1).

COVID-19 EMERGENCY FOOD & ESSENTIALS

We have set up this service for families and individuals who cannot afford food or essential items and are not able to access the Food Bank.

*COVID-19 Emergency Food and Essentials Hotline Update - June 25, 2020
The need for our Emergency Hotline service over the past few months was apparent by the over 200 deliveries of food and essential items to members of our community that were isolated due to Covid-19. We have seen a significant decrease for the need of our Hotline service and will be suspending the Hotline at the end of June. This service will be reactivated if the need arises in the future. If you are in need of food or essential items, please call our office at 604-885-5881 ext. 240.

If you are able to purchase food and essential items but are isolated, you can access home delivery from many of the local Sunshine Coast grocery stores. If you are a senior and feel isolated/concerned about accessing a grocery store in person or have questions about ordering groceries online, please contact our Better at Home program for support. Email betterathome@sccss.ca

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

This program is for families and individuals who cannot afford food or essential items. If you are able to purchase food and essential items but are isolated you can access home delivery from many of the local Sunshine Coast grocery stores. If you are a senior and feel isolated/concerned about accessing a grocery store in person or have questions about ordering groceries online please contact our Better at Home program for support. Email betterathome@sccss.ca

Please phone the Covid-19 Emergency Food and Essentials Hotline at 604-865-0832 to sign up for emergency food bank and essentials and access to other services that can support you.

Our team does its best to help you with your pantry stock on your first order/visit. The size of the household will dictate the amount of food we can supply. On your first order you can expect:

  • Meat - We will try to satisfy the household preference
  • Produce
  • Personal Products
  • Dry/Canned Goods
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Pet Food

Where possible we will satisfy dietary restrictions.

Deliveries will be on Thursdays between 10am and noon. Each week you will be contacted by our hotline staff to confirm if you still need your Food Bank delivered. The items will be a bit different each week and you can choose what you want from the list. If you can make it to the Food Bank in person, during regular service hours, we will cancel your delivery order that week.




At this time Food Bank hours remain Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11am-1pm for people coming to the Food Bank in person. Bags of food will be provided outdoors and social distancing measures will be put in place to protect our staff, volunteers and community members. As the situation evolves, we will be posting updates here and on social media.

Information will be received through our main line. Your information will be gathered by SCCSS staff and/or trained volunteers and only accessed by necessary staff/volunteers in order to provide you emergency food and essentials. SCCSS holds very high standards on maintaining participant confidentiality and will continue to look for ways to ensure your personal information is safe.

Our team will be working hard to access essential personal items for people who cannot afford them. We are developing a list of what these items are from feedback received from participants. We will also ask you what essential items you require and we will do our best to get them to you. Essential Items we have identified:

  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Diapers/wipes
  • Toilet Paper
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Shampoo
  • Pet food

The best ways to support our Food Bank and Food initiatives right now is to donate and volunteer.

DONATE

Click here to donate.

VOLUNTEER

We can use your skills and experience to build our capacity and strategically benefit our programs and community during the COVID-19 emergency. We have safety protocols, volunteer checklists and specialized systems for volunteer engagement. If you would like to register and join our team, you are most welcome! To get involved, contact Andrea, 604-865-0283 or email ahobbs@sccss.ca.

HOW TO DONATE

We are experiencing increased demand for our services at this time. The best way to support the Food Bank is to donate. Donations are gratefully accepted in the following ways:

ONLINE: Click here to donate.

CHEQUE: Please make cheque payable to SCCSS and mail to SCCSS, PO Box 1069, Sechelt V0N 3A0.

ELECTRONIC TRANSFER: Make an e-transfer on your on-line banking website. The email address to send it to is: finance@sccss.ca. It will not require a secret question/answer. In the Comments section, please indicate where you would like your money to be allocated (eg:  SCCSS Food Bank, SCCSS Programming etc.). Also include your full contact information including name, middle initial, surname, and address or email so we can issue you a tax receipt.

FOOD BANK CUSTOMERS

Bags of food will be provided outdoors and social distancing measures will be put in place to protect our staff, volunteers and community members. Starting the week of Monday, July 6 the Food Bank service schedule will change to the following distribution days and times:

  • Wednesdays  11am - 1pm
  • Wednesday evenings  4:30pm – 6:30pm
  • Thursdays  10am – 12:00pm

To register for Food Bank services you will need:

  • Identification for each person in the household, personal Health Care Cards are acceptable.
  • Proof of residency on the coast, driver’s license, hydro bill etc. (we do make allowances for the homeless)

 If you have questions or want to learn more call 604-885-5881 ext. 240 email: scfoodbank@sccss.ca