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Throughout the month of May, the Mayors of the Cities of Vancouver, Burnaby, North Vancouver and New Westminster and the Mayor of the District of North Vancouver have come together for the Mayors’ Food Bank Challenge. It is, simply, a fundraising initiative to help the Greater Vancouver Food Bank (GVFB) feed our residents. In BC, 26% of businesses laid off 50% or more of their employees due to COVID-19. These are people who were employed only weeks before but suddenly, by no fault of their own, found themselves without work. These statistics are nothing to be proud of but they are a reality that you and I can do something about.

The Greater Vancouver Food Bank was established in 1983 as temporary relief for a hunger crisis. Unfortunately, the need for food security relief has never been eliminated. Today, the GVFB serves approximately 8,500 people each month through direct distribution. Nearly 100 Community Partners receive food from the GVFB to support more than 14,000 visits from hungry people each month. 24% of the people supported are children, and 18% are seniors. The children receive specialized nutrition programs designed to meet the specific needs of growing brains and bodies. The GVFB are also developing a Seniors’ Program for a Summer launch.

Any support you can give is appreciated. We are all in this together.

 

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