Every person should have the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving surrounded by loved ones and food.

This Thanksgiving, we’re highlighting community kitchens in Vancouver and Victoria. Find organizations that are hosting community meals this weekend, and non-profits that advocate for food security.

Improving Food Security – Improving Communities – Community Kitchens

Food security is critical to the development and well-being of society. The health and nourishment of an individual contributes greatly to the overall health of our community.  

This Thanksgiving weekend, we’re thankful for the admirable work of the following BC organizations that advocate for food sustainability and security.

Victoria Rainbow Kitchen | Victoria

Victoria Rainbow Kitchen provides weekday healthy lunches to well over 100 people on a regular basis.They are a community kitchen, building into people and they help feed those who need it. Join them on October 8th for their Thanksgiving dinner. See details here.

Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group Society | Victoria

Fernwood NRG is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Fernwood. Join them on October 8th for their Fernwood Family Dinner. See details here.

Our Place Society | Victoria

Our Place is a community centre serving Greater Victoria’s most vulnerable: working poor, impoverished elderly, mentally and physically challenged, addicted and the homeless. Join them on October 8th for their Thanksgiving breakfast (7:00 AM) and for dinner (5:00 PM). See details here.

Victoria Cool Aid Society | Victoria

Cool Aid works hard to provide warm shelter, hot food, and compassionate care to the homeless. This Thanksgiving you can make a difference in the life of someone in need by providing a healthy, nutritious Thanksgiving meal for just $5.28. See details here.

Greater Vancouver Food Bank | Vancouver

Greater Vancouver Food Bank’s goal is to build strong, connected communities through the power of food, and they employ the principles of sustainability, education and training, and quality nutrition to achieve this goal.

A Loving Spoonful | Vancouver

A Loving Spoonful is a volunteer-driven Society that provides free, nutritious meals to people living with HIV/AIDS in Greater Vancouver. Every week, they deliver approximately 1200 frozen meals and over 250 snack-packs to men, women and children who are primarily homebound with AIDS.

Living Edge | Victoria

Living Edge has been freely providing groceries and plated hot dinners on a weekly basis in the Quadra Village neighbourhood. They specialize in distributing fresh food to local residents.

Shelbourne Community Kitchen | Victoria

The Shelbourne Community Kitchen is a community resource for individuals and families living on a low income, who have difficulty accessing sufficient nutritious food on a consistent basis. They assist by providing small-group cooking, pantry, and gardening programs, which encourage community building, while participants acquire food skills and learn to access nutritious food affordably.

Vancouver Fruit Tree Project | Vancouver

The Vancouver Fruit Tree Project’s volunteers harvest extra fruit from backyard fruit trees and share it with community groups. In the past 16 years, they have picked almost 60,000 pounds of fruit and redistributed it to community centres, neighbourhood houses, daycares and other community initiatives.

FarmFolk CityFolk | Vancouver

FarmFolk CityFolk works to cultivate a local, sustainable food system. Their projects provide access to and protection of farmland; support local growers and producers; and engage communities in the celebration of local food.

LifeCycles Project Society | Victoria

LifeCycles cultivates community health by connecting people with the food they eat and the land it comes from. They support the region to grow, access and eat local food in ways that foster diversity and enhance the urban environment.

Food Stash Foundation | Vancouver

Food Stash Foundation’s mission to rescue food from producers and suppliers that would have been destined for the landfill, and to deliver edible food items to charities as well as to food-insecure households and individuals in Vancouver.  

Better Life Foundation | Vancouver

A Better Life Foundation operates in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to increase food security for women and children fleeing violence, street entrenched youth and folks living well below the poverty line by providing meals, training and employment opportunities. Their goal is to end unnecessary hunger in Vancouver.

Want to support non-profit organizations in B.C. like the ones above?

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