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Live to Give - Greater Vancouver Food Bank

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks

They're one of 16 food depots in Vancouver, New Westminster, Burnaby and the North Shore which provide food and related assistance to over 9,000 people each week. 41% of these recipients are children. While the Food Bank doesn't receive any government funding, they never solicit money or food door-to-door or by telephone.

What do they do?

To provide food and related assistance to those in need. The GVFBS is committed to this mission with the utmost privacy and dignity offered to their recipients.

The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society (GVFBS) was established in 1982 when many small organizations, church groups and concerned citizens joined together in response to the hunger crisis during the economic recession in 1981. The purpose of the GVFBS was to be a temporary social service provider; however, because the number of those suffering from hunger problems has continued to increase, the GVFBS has become one of the most important non-government funded food assistance providers in Canada.

What made you select them?

I have been associated with the Food Bank for many years and feel that this is one of the best run/organized charities in the city.  My own personal belief is that no one should go hungry.

What was the best part – the highlight of your day?

The feeling from within that I was making a difference.

What did you learn today about giving back?

I’m very concerned with our social system.   In particular, the rising demographics of those who are using the food bank: seniors, students, young families.

Why is it important for you to give back personally and as an employee of Canucks Sports & Entertainment?

Giving back starts with me and I can each make a difference.  If there are enough of us, then we will make a difference.

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