Donation Station

What is the Fresh Food Donation Station Program?

The Fresh Food Donation Station is a program of Vancouver Farmers Markets that collects fruits and vegetables, nuts, eggs, and other food items at our farmers markets for distribution to food programs in the community. Partners include inner-city schools, hospices, women’s and seniors’ centres, and neighbourhood food networks.

How do I support the Donation Station? 

Donate items purchased at the market, or give Market Money or monetary donations that can be used to purchase additional items at the end of the market day. With the current Covid-19 modifications at markets. Donations will be taken in by staff and collected by partners at the end of the market day. 


Donation Station Partners

 

LMRP_fn_logo-1024x570Little Mountain – Riley Park Food Network is the current Donation Station partner for Riley Park Farmers Market. The LM-RPNFN receives fresh produce donated at the market once a month to distribute to those in need. Many programs benefit, including:

  • Newcomers Community Kitchen – a weekly multicultural cooking, eating, sharing food program for newcomers to Canada.
  • Syrian Community Kitchen:  – a monthly drop in kitchen for Syrian immigrants that provides an opportunity to cook together, learn more about available produce, socialize and increase English language skills.
  • Exploring New Foods:  – a kitchen workshop that teaches participants how to make a healthy meal, which includes a “take home” bag of food to replicate the meal at home.  Participants to this program include recently settled refugees, and low income seniors and individuals in the community. Exploring New Foods is a pilot project funded by Vancouver Coastal Health.

Please consider donating: fruit, vegetables, canned fish, nuts & eggs


Grandview Woodland Food Connection – is the current Donation Station partner for the Trout Lake Farmers Market. The GWFC receives fresh produce donated at the market bi-weekly (the second and fourth Saturday’s of the month).
(GWFC) is a Neighbourhood Food Network working in partnership with Britannia Community Centre to help support the health and well-being of all residents, and in particular, those most vulnerable living in Grandview Woodland and nearby neighbourhoods by promoting an accessible, just and sustainable food system for our community. We seek to build capacity of the neighbourhood through education, information sharing, and the creation of grassroots initiatives to address food security and justice issues. 
 
The GWFC has established a COVID – 19 Emergency Food Distribution Program 7 days per week distributing food hampers to over 500 households throughout East Vancouver.  We expect that the financial fallout from this pandemic will be felt for some time, so we will continue to offer this essential food access service into the fall. Farmer’s Market food is valuable and will help ensure that our community members are not without healthy food for as long as needed.

The community food bank helps about 3000 low-income hospital out-patients each week who are rarely able to leave their homes due to either physical or mental disability. They supply high nutrition by providing ready-made or easy-to-prepare foods. They also use fresh produce to cook home-made meals and provide companionship to lonely seniors suffering from isolation and resulting depression. Every gift, no matter the size, has a real impact on their ability to keep providing the needed nutrition and networking that make our community healthier, happier and more humane. It also provides opportunities to reconnect people to the community and give them a sense of belonging and real hope for the future.

Get Involved

Are you a Vancouver-based community group that would like to participate as a Donation Station partner? If you think your program would be a good fit for one of our markets, email us at info@eatlocal.org


Donation Station Partners