A dedicated team of volunteers gathers, stores and distributes food to community members on a weekly basis, under the guidance of our Food Security Lead.
The Food Bank is supported solely through generous financial and food donations from the community, efforts of many supporters who organize food drives and a variety of fund-raising events.
As of May 2018, Nutritionist Lynn Grossutti offers no-cost nutritional advice at the Sunshine Coast Food Bank twice a month on Wednesdays at the food bank. Program participants are encouraged to sign up for the by appointment consultations to learn more about nutrition and healthy eating.
Volunteers are the back bone of the Food Bank. They are rewarded from knowing that they are making a difference in people’s lives through citizen participation. Their contributions are appreciated and honoured by the community. If you would like to join the Food Bank team, please call the Food Security Lead.
If you or your group would like to get involved and organize a food drive or a fund-raising event to support the Food Bank, please call the Food Security Lead. We’ll offer assistance however we can. Financial donations over $25 are tax receiptable, and may be processed online through our webpage, mailed or dropped off at Community Services head office.
Please come in to the Food Bank on either Tuesday or Wednesday between the hours of 11:00am and 1:00pm to register for 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 a member of the household is over 19 years of age we request they come to the Food Bank with the client and inform us that they share the house and would like to access the Food Bank. If they are not able to do this they are requested to call us to confirm and write a brief note.
Please contact the Food Security Lead or drop off your donations directly to the Food Bank (5657 Lamprey Lane) Monday to Thursday.
Many people support the Food Bank by donating gifts of food and other staples. We are often asked, “What do you need at the Food Bank?” The following items are always welcomed:
- peanut butter
- spaghetti sauce
- canned fish
- canned meats
- tetra boxed juices
- powdered milk
- canned fruit
- canned vegetables
- canned beans
- macaroni and cheese
- personal care products: soap, shampoo, toilet paper, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products.
The Sunshine Coast Food Bank now has ample freezer and refrigerator space and welcomes fresh and frozen products. When making a donation of perishable items, please call the Food Bank to ensure that someone will be on hand to receive them.
Sunshine Coast Food Bank is a proud member of Good Food Organizations, Food Banks BC and Community Food Centres Canada.
A project of Community Food Centres Canada, the Good Food Organizations initiative supports food security organizations by increasing their capacity to offer healthy and dignified food programs in their communities.
Food Banks BC seeks toinspire, empower and support over 100 member food banks across the province to achieve hunger-free communities.