Neighbours Helping Neighbours
Comox Valley Food Bank Distribution
Effective Monday, November 9th, 2020, the Comox Valley Food Bank will be moving food distribution inside.
Clients will take a number outside and will be called in as their number comes up.
There will be a volunteer at the door reminding clients to have their ID ready, to sanitize their hands and to ensure they are wearing a mask. Wearing a mask is mandatory for the time you are inside the building, therefore, if you do not have a mask, one will be provided.
If a client is not able, or is unwilling to sanitize their hands or wear a mask, a staff member or volunteer will bring the food hamper and/or vegetable bags outside to the client.
Three clients will be allowed in the building at a time. One person per family will be permitted into the building with the exception of a parent with a small child. We also have masks for children if need be.
Please be aware, we are following the provincial health authority and WorkSafe BC guidelines to ensure your safety, as well as the safety of our staff and volunteers.
We thank you for your patience during the transition process.
Comox Valley Food Bank
Helping those in need, from Cook Creek to Oyster River for more than 30 years.
The Comox Valley Food Bank distributes free supplementary food to people in need. As a non-profit organization committed to reducing hunger since 1983, the CVFB gathers food and cash donations to support food distribution and collection programs.
The CVFB reaches a wide range of urban and rural populations in the Comox Valley, from Oyster River in the North to Cook Creek in the South, including Hornby and Denman Island residents.
As the need for supplementary food continues to grow in the community, this is reflected by the record number of clients accessing services. The CVFB continues to strive towards producing larger quantities of items in food hampers, better quality food, fresh produce, and healthy children’s snacks.
Volunteer hours spent 2018.
Local People Served Every Month
Of those we feed are children
The Comox Valley Food Bank is located at 1-1491 McPhee Avenue in Courtenay. With over 1100 sq/ft of operation space, and 40 vehicle parking spaces, we have plenty of room to accommodate all of the clients, volunteers and donors from a centrally located location. Since moving to this larger facility in the summer of 2012 the program has benefited from the larger and more visible location. With the larger facility, the CVFB is able to purchase things in bulk, at a better price point and accommodate store donations and food purchases. The space also allows more engagement with on-site community involvement as a means of fostering participatory learning about the programs.
For the future, the CVFB would like to continue expanding the outreach program that offers hands-on educational tours to school classes, special interest groups and clubs involved in community food collection projects, fundraisers and events.
How You Can Help
We are accepting anything non-perishable as well as fresh products.
Comox Valley Food Bank has a core team of 20-25 volunteers who are the heart and soul of the organization. And we have fun! If you would like to volunteer, please contact us.
Our “Grow a Row” program encourages Comox Valley residents to consider the CVFB when they are planning, planting or harvesting their garden this summer.
To provide healthy, nutritious food to those in need in the Comox Valley.
Our New Shopping Model
We are now able to give our clients choices in the food they want rather than the bagged hamper. They can customize their hamper to meet the particular needs of their family.
We’ve Made Some Changes
We are now offering food hampers Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Clients are still limited to one hamper per month. The other three weeks of the month clients are welcome to top up with fruit, vegetables and bread.
Thanks to the Comox Valley Community Foundation for their financial help This has enabled us to purchase a refrigerated van. It has allowed our large retailers to donate greater volumes of perishables for distribution to families.