We are the Squamish Food Bank

The Squamish Food Bank is a non-profit, charitable society. We provide supplemental groceries to those in need in our community. Hundreds of residents rely on our services every month, including individuals, families, single parents, seniors and people suffering from physical, mental or addiction challenges. In 2016 we averaged over 450 visits every month. In 2016, we received over 4900 visits.  Over 25% of our recipients are children.

Our Food Bank provides access to food for all in times of need. For some it is short term but for others we are a long term support, especially in recent times where costs of food and cost of rent seriously affect decisions around nutrition. After all the bills are paid, often groceries are the last on the list of things to spend money on.

Supporting families with children is a vital part of our service, we provide an extra bag of snacks for families to supplement school lunches. In the near future we would like to increase the amount of other nutritional foods to these families as well.

West Coast Railway Yard Location

Food is distributed on the first and third Wednesday of every month at 39650 Government Road in Squamish.

On the 2nd Wednesday of each month our doors are now open between 11am and 1pm, for our new Family Food Bank Day. Families with children under 18 years will be able to access supplemental foods such as dairy, eggs, bread, baby supplies, kids snack bags and fresh produce.

Currently, 80 per cent of our food stocks are purchased, with only 20 per cent donated from the local community. Our goal is to increase community involvement, allowing us to better serve our users. Since the food bank was founded by a group of concerned citizens in 1986 – a time when the hungry were left to knock on church doors – the food bank’s long term goal has always been to eliminate the need for a service like this, thereby ending hunger in our community. We continue to try and improve our services within the community and create new strategic partnerships with other non-profits to benefit those in need.

 

 

Code of Ethics

The Ethical Foodbanking Code

Food Banks BC and its members believe that everyone in Canada has the right to physical and economic access, at all times, to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food which meets their dietary needs and food preferences.  As part of this commitment, Food Banks BC and members agree to abide by the following set of ethics as laid out by Food Banks Canada:

Food Banks Canada, its Members (provincial associations), Affiliate Member food banks, and associated agencies will:

  1. Provide food and other assistance to those needing help regardless of race, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, income source, age or mental or physical ability.
  2. Practice equity and access with fairness and transparency for all food bank recipients in the distribution of food.
  3. Treat all those who access services with the utmost dignity and respect.
  4. Implement best practices in the proper and safe storage and handling of food.
  5. Respect the privacy of those served and will maintain the confidentiality of personal information.
  6. Not require payment of any kind for donated food or consumer products, at any time, from those assisted by their respective food bank organizations.
  7. Acquire and share food in a spirit of cooperation with other food banks and food programs.
  8. Strive to make the public aware of the existence of hunger, and of the factors that contribute to it.
  9. Recognize that food banks are not a viable long-term response to hunger, and devote part of their activities to reducing the need for food assistance.
  10. Represent accurately, honestly, and completely their respective mission and activities to the larger community.
  11. Practice ethical use and application of resources including but not limited to; food, equipment, donated materials and volunteer services.
  12. Practice fiscal accountability and responsibility in all aspects of the operation of the Food Bank, including full compliance with CRA and charitable receipting practices.
  13. Attend to and resolve any arising conflict of interest or perceived conflict of interest by staff or volunteers.
  14. Practice sound governance, stewardship and fiduciary responsibility on the part of the Executive Director and Board of the Directors of the Food Bank.

Click on the link below to access the Financial Statements and AGM minutes for the Food Bank.

AGM 2015 Minutes_28Sept15

Squamish Food Bank Society 2014 Financial Statements

AGM minutes 2014

Squamish Food Bank Society 2013 YE Financial Statements

Squamish Food Bank Society – AGM minutes 2012-13

 

 

We thank our donors, supporters and funders …see who they are on our THANK YOU page. Donate NOW using the Paypal or Canada Helps Button or by sending your donation to The Squamish Food Bank Society, Box 207, Garibaldi Highlands, BC V0N 1T0.

Registered Charity number S21665/ CRA # 886946433

See our STRATEGIC PLAN HERE.