Neighbours Helping Neighbours

Food & Hamper Drive Information

It is that time of year when we notice more than ever that some neighbours have extra and some neighbours have less. We know many of you are looking for opportunities to help your community and address the challenges associated with poverty and food insecurity. These issues are very present in many people’s daily lives and will be exacerbated this fall and winter. We invite you to read the Food Banks Canada 2022 Hunger Count Report for more information. Finally, here is some information from us to help you with your generous Food & Hamper Drive efforts.

1. We are here to help! If you want to run a food or hamper drive, we will drop off empty bins and pick up the full bins.

2. We will support you with your promotional efforts and provide you with whatever key information you need about the Comox Valley Food Bank, food insecurity, and the most needed kinds of donations throughout this season.

3. Any non-perishable items, including from toiletries and period products to baby formula and coffee, are appreciated.

4. If you want to do a hamper drive, we can also provide the paper bags so that you and your customers can create your own. Here is a breakdown of the specific items that we put into each non-perishable pantry hamper:

🌽 1 tinned veg
🍍 1 tinned fruit
🥫 1 pasta sauce/passata
🥘 2 soup
🧀 1 box of mac and cheese
🐟 1 (non-perishable) protein
🍜 2 instant ramen 
🍝 1 dried pasta
🍘 1 pack of crackers
🍪 1 pack/box of cookies
🍫🧃🍿 2-3 school snacks 

Here is a photo!

5. Follow us and tag @cvfoodbank on Instagram or Facebook. We would love to support your efforts and celebrate your encouraging stories about neighbours helping neighbours in the Comox Valley and beyond. 

6. Please see our Donate page for more information. 

What to Expect During your visit to

Comox Valley Food Bank

WE HAVE MOVED!

We are now located just down the street at 1255 McPhee Ave.
All donations will be accepted at this address and all clients can pick up items at this address moving forward.

For drop-in service, you can access fruit, vegetables, protein, dairy, and bread Monday to Friday between 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (noon). Non-perishable pantry hampers available once monthly. 

Upon arrival, clients will take a number outside and will be able to access food items that are located outside while they wait. Clients will be called into the Food Bank when their number comes up.

There will be a volunteer at the door reminding clients to have their ID ready. Signage and volunteers will guide new clients through the 6-step modified shopping model. There will be volunteers available to help or answer questions throughout the process. 

If this is your FIRST VISIT, learn more about registration.  

If you want to access our Monthly Non-Perishable Hamper, Healthy Families Program or Home Delivery Program, visit our Get Assistance page for more information. 

We look forward to serving you,

Management
Comox Valley Food Bank

Our New Shopping Model

In addition to our outside surplus produce area, clients can choose fruits, vegetables, protein and dairy options each week. This allows people to make choices that better meet their family’s dietary needs. We do our best to provide gluten free, vegetarian, and non-diary options. 

We’ve Made Some Changes

We are now offering food hampers Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.  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.

Thank You

We are very grateful to the members of our community, corporate donors and organizations who have donated food, provided equipment, as well as monetary donations. Your generosity has enabled the Food Bank to continue to provide an essential service to those in need during very uncertain times. Read more.

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 2021

Local People Served Every Month

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Of those we feed are children

Our Mission

To relieve poverty by operating a food bank that distributes food and other necessities to persons of low income.

Our Vision

A hunger-free future: neighbours helping neighbours to offer superior client service.  

Working closely with the Comox Valley community and area stakeholders to reduce social issues that arise from food insecurity and poverty. 

Our Values

Progressive, community minded team players, with a strong desire to “give back” by serving those experiencing food insecurity

Inspire, empower and create value and opportunities for our members, employees, volunteers and clients.

Build sustainable fundraising and partnerships

Develop a sustainable, dynamic organizational structure

Promote effective public awareness and education

Seek long-term solutions to hunger and food insecurity.

Operations

The Comox Valley Food Bank is located at 1255 McPhee Avenue in Courtenay. We have plenty of room to accommodate all of the clients, volunteers and donors in a central location. Since moving to this larger facility in the fall of 2022, the program has benefited from more service options, including a modified shopping model. 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, which fosters participatory learning about the programs.

Our Plan

For the future, the CVFB would like to continue expanding the outreach program to offer hands-on educational tours to school classes, special interest groups and clubs involved in community food collection projects, fundraisers and events.

Volunteer or make a donation

Reduce Hunger By Getting Involved Today!

We acknowledge that the Comox Valley Food Bank is located and provides services on the unceded traditional territories of many distinct First Nations with different cultures, languages and unique dialects.

Please reflect, acknowledge and honour in your own way the First Nation land on which you live, work and play.

How You Can Help

Donate

You can make a donation during public business hours or directly online. 
We accept fresh and non-perishable food items during business hours. More details available on our Donate page.

Volunteer

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. See the Volunteer page for more information.

 

GROW

Our “Grow a Row” program encourages Comox Valley residents to consider the CVFB when they are planning, planting or harvesting their gardens. Your surplus of fresh produce can make a big difference to our clients.