Food Bank

A national school food program is needed, B.C. advocates are urging. (Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion file)

Urgent need for a national school food program in classrooms: B.C. group

The Coalition for Healthy School Food wants the federal government to create a national program.

 

SERVING UP Breakfast
Spencer Barkley of the North Saanich Fire Department works with colleagues Chuck Hanan and Kurt Barner to unload 300 boxes of cereal and other in-demand breakfast items purchased with a $5,000 donation by CFAX Santas Anonymous Society to the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank. See story on page A8. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

$5,000 donation serves up breakfast for Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank

Santas Anonymous Society donation goes a long way, firefighters deliver the goods

 

Chilliwack was one of a number of communities plunged underwater by the November 2021 floods. B.C. is investing $2.85 million in food security funding to help build better emergency response systems and resiliency. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

B.C. announces $2.85-million food security fund ahead of wildfire, flood season

Fund includes pilot test for app that allows communities to request food as needed

 

Victoria Community Fridge volunteers Irvin Naidu, Nicola Watts, Becky Block, Jewel Bohach, and Wren Shaman stand in front of the fridge Saturday afternoon during a celebration marking one year of the fridge in the community. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Block party celebrates ‘first birthday’ of Victoria Community Fridge

The fridge offers barrier-free access to free food for those experiencing food insecurity

Victoria Community Fridge volunteers Irvin Naidu, Nicola Watts, Becky Block, Jewel Bohach, and Wren Shaman stand in front of the fridge Saturday afternoon during a celebration marking one year of the fridge in the community. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Food bank demand is up in Greater Victoria, spurred largely by inflation and high gas prices. Pictured is the Goldstream Food Bank warehouse in November 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)

Rise in food bank demand fueled by inflation, high gas prices in Greater Victoria

Local food banks had 3 to 4 times the new patrons in March than the typical month

Food bank demand is up in Greater Victoria, spurred largely by inflation and high gas prices. Pictured is the Goldstream Food Bank warehouse in November 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)
Lakewood elementary students Keely Paty and Sophia Lynch stack a box onto a cart. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Caring students in Langford organize food drive for spring break

Lakewood Elementary gathers up thousands of items to donate to Goldstream Food Bank

Lakewood elementary students Keely Paty and Sophia Lynch stack a box onto a cart. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
The Goldstream Food Bank received a large donation of feminine hygiene products and more than $6,500 in cash on Tuesday (March 8) thanks to a spur of the moment initiative by City of Langford staff and local businesspeople. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Goldstream Food Bank thrilled by spontaneous donation from Langford staff, others

More than $6,500 and much-needed feminine hygiene supplies donated on International Women’s Day

The Goldstream Food Bank received a large donation of feminine hygiene products and more than $6,500 in cash on Tuesday (March 8) thanks to a spur of the moment initiative by City of Langford staff and local businesspeople. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Oaklands Community Association pantry founder Karin Zylstra and daughter Yisa pause amidst the pantry offerings. The pay-what-you-can program has been growing in recent months as people learn more about its fresh offerings and welcoming environment. (Photo by Sandy Yong/courtesy OCA)

Pantry program growing goodness in Victoria’s Oaklands neighbourhood

Clients appreciate friendly nature of food program, learning about local producers

Oaklands Community Association pantry founder Karin Zylstra and daughter Yisa pause amidst the pantry offerings. The pay-what-you-can program has been growing in recent months as people learn more about its fresh offerings and welcoming environment. (Photo by Sandy Yong/courtesy OCA)
Brandon Caben with the Victoria Breakers Baseball Club helps load groceries into a trolley recently at the Goldstream Food Bank. The new club aims to help make youth better baseball players and citizens through community service. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

New Victoria baseball club lends helping hand at Goldstream Food Bank

Victoria Breakers aims to develop youth into better players and citizens

Brandon Caben with the Victoria Breakers Baseball Club helps load groceries into a trolley recently at the Goldstream Food Bank. The new club aims to help make youth better baseball players and citizens through community service. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Santa Claus makes his way through Langford along side his friends at Langford Fire Rescue Christmas Eve. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Thousands raised for Goldstream Food Bank thanks to Santa and West Shore fire departments

The annual Santa runs were a success once again this year despite the pandemic and some poor weather

Santa Claus makes his way through Langford along side his friends at Langford Fire Rescue Christmas Eve. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Deputy fire chief Mike Harman of the Sidney Volunteer Fire Department helps unload a trailer of food collected during the Sidney portion of the Peninsula Firefighters Christmas Food Drive on Dec. 11. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Firefighters food drive breaks records thanks to Saanich Peninsula donors

Christmas charity event returns with a bang after being cancelled in 2020

Deputy fire chief Mike Harman of the Sidney Volunteer Fire Department helps unload a trailer of food collected during the Sidney portion of the Peninsula Firefighters Christmas Food Drive on Dec. 11. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Rainbow Kitchen volunteer Bonnie prepares Dec. 8's meals. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Esquimalt food bank straining under unprecedented, pandemic-fueled ‘tidal wave’

Victoria’s Rainbow Kitchen is seeing new clients every day, including those who used to donate

Rainbow Kitchen volunteer Bonnie prepares Dec. 8's meals. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Real estate agent Darren Day has held three food bank fundraisers for the Goldstream Food Bank, including the latest earlier this month outside Quality Foods in Langford. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Realtor knows Langford community will support the Goldstream Food Bank

Darren Day hosts third food back fundraiser collecting food and cash for the cause

Real estate agent Darren Day has held three food bank fundraisers for the Goldstream Food Bank, including the latest earlier this month outside Quality Foods in Langford. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Santa Claus and firefighters with the Colwood Fire Department travel through the community during a previous Santa Go Round. Santa is set to return to the West Shore this year, starting in View Royal on Dec. 11. (Black Press Media file photo)

Santa Go Round returns to the West Shore this month

Santa joins View Royal firefighters Saturday (Dec. 11) spreading cheer, collecting food donations

Santa Claus and firefighters with the Colwood Fire Department travel through the community during a previous Santa Go Round. Santa is set to return to the West Shore this year, starting in View Royal on Dec. 11. (Black Press Media file photo)
The West Shore RCMP will be in front of the Langford Real Canadian Super Store location on Sunday collecting food donations for the Goldstream Food Bank. (West Shore RCMP/Twitter)

West Shore RCMP aims to fill canoe, police cruisers with food this weekend

All food collected in front of the Langford Superstore will be donated to the Goldstream Food Bank

The West Shore RCMP will be in front of the Langford Real Canadian Super Store location on Sunday collecting food donations for the Goldstream Food Bank. (West Shore RCMP/Twitter)
Goldstream Food Bank volunteers, pictured, rely on charitable initiatives like Love Local BC for their monthly food hamper program. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Greater Victoria businesses, food bank included in provincial fundraiser

Goldstream Food Bank one of the recipients of BCLC initiative

Goldstream Food Bank volunteers, pictured, rely on charitable initiatives like Love Local BC for their monthly food hamper program. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Saanich Peninsula firefighters join staff from the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank in showing off donations to the Peninsula Firefighters Christmas Food Drive in 2019. The food drive returns next month after being cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19. (Photo courtesy Tyson Elder)

Sidney, North Saanich, Central Saanich firefighters unite to douse hunger in annual food drive

Modified version of Peninsula Firefighters Christmas Food Drive set to return

Saanich Peninsula firefighters join staff from the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank in showing off donations to the Peninsula Firefighters Christmas Food Drive in 2019. The food drive returns next month after being cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19. (Photo courtesy Tyson Elder)
Bev Elder, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank, expects the organization to hand out up to 400 Christmas hampers this year. (Black Press Media file photo)
Bev Elder, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank, expects the organization to hand out up to 400 Christmas hampers this year. (Black Press Media file photo)

Rising demand, prices; food supply chain disruptions impact Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank

‘If you won’t eat it, don’t give it to the food bank,’ food bank executive director says

Bev Elder, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank, expects the organization to hand out up to 400 Christmas hampers this year. (Black Press Media file photo)
Bev Elder, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank, expects the organization to hand out up to 400 Christmas hampers this year. (Black Press Media file photo)
Goldstream Food Bank Society volunteer Petra Benbow, left, president Gayle Ireland and volunteer Cynthia Fizzard show off a fully loaded shopping cart similar to the Christmas hampers the organization will soon be giving out. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

‘It means a great deal:’ Goldstream food bank busy preparing Christmas hampers

The holiday meal-themed hampers will also include gift cards to buy a turkey and toys for the kids

Goldstream Food Bank Society volunteer Petra Benbow, left, president Gayle Ireland and volunteer Cynthia Fizzard show off a fully loaded shopping cart similar to the Christmas hampers the organization will soon be giving out. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
A group has gathered for nearly seven years in Oak Bay to create Christmas hampers. This year the party moves to Vic West. (Courtesy Joyce Kline)

Holiday hamper party moves from Oak Bay to Vic West

Group targets building 200 food boxes for those in need across Greater Victoria

A group has gathered for nearly seven years in Oak Bay to create Christmas hampers. This year the party moves to Vic West. (Courtesy Joyce Kline)
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