About StreetSmart Canada

The StreetSmart Project is focused on helping end hunger by supporting local food banks and programs in our participating communities.

Greater Vancouver Food Bank

Vancouver – The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society

The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society (GVFBS) is a non-profit organization with a mission to empower people to nourish themselves by providing access to healthy food, education and training. The GVFBS provides assistance to over 28,000 people weekly through 15 food depots and over 100 community agencies located in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and North Vancouver. The GVFBS is committed to its vision of accessible, healthy and sustainable food for all and through community collaboration, is pro-actively working to help end hunger. For more information, please visit www.foodbank.bc.ca.

The Mustard Seed

Victoria – The Mustard Seed

The Mustard Seed is a non-profit organization fighting hunger and restoring faith in Greater Victoria. We provide many crucial services for any and all people in need. From food to friendship, we aim to meet the physical, relational, and spiritual needs of the whole person. We have an active weekday drop-in centre that offers all sorts of services such as chapel, hair cutting, nursing, a clothing bank, access to home starter kits, and more. We regularly serve weekend meals and offer a host of other weekend activities. We run the largest Food Bank on Vancouver Island, providing nutritious hampers to our neighbours in need throughout the week. Our skilled staff offer advocacy, counseling, addictions recovery, and many other resources.  Above all, The Mustard Seed is a place of acceptance and unconditional love. We cultivate a community of compassion where all are welcome. As we fight hunger and poverty together, our staff and volunteers meet our guests where they’re at. We strive to break the cycle of poverty in our guests’ lives by offering them a hand-up, reminding everyone of their human potential and worth.

Whistler Community Services Society

Whistler Community Services Society Food Bank

The Whistler Food Bank exists to provide assistance to people and families who need help. Food Banks are a temporary solution for people who are doing all that they can to become self supporting. The community of Whistler has a wide range of services available to help people meet their basic needs and people who use the Food Bank are made aware of these programs.

Kelowna Community Food Bank

Kelowna Community Food Bank

In 1983, the Kelowna Community Food Bank Society set up operation in a church basement to meet the emergency food needs of their community in the throws of a difficult economic recession. Like many Food Banks across Canada, temporary help became a permanent community service. In the ensuing decades, the Kelowna Food Bank has grown from serving 600 people per year to nearly 2,500 individuals per month, with nearly a third of them children under age 16.

Over the years the Kelowna Community Food Bank has seen much change and met many challenges, and has come a long way in understanding nutrition, their community and raising awareness about the affects of poverty and hunger in it.

St. Joseph's Food Bank

St. Joseph’s Food Bank

St. Joseph’s started food distribution to the Mission community in 1990 and continued to grow, eventually becoming a member of the BC Food Bank Association and registered food bank for the city in 2008. Today, St. Joseph’s Food Bank is also a member of Food Banks Canada. In 2013, St. Joseph’s Food Bank distributed over $700,000 worth of food to those in need in Mission, with over 3,300 clients served and 6,100 people fed.

The Stop Community Food Centre

Toronto – The Stop Community Food Centre

The Stop strives to increase access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds health and community and challenges inequality.

The Stop has been on the front lines of tackling hunger and poverty for over 30 years. Initially functioning as a conventional food bank, The Stop has blossomed into an innovative, respectful food justice organization that promotes equitable food access, community development, nutrition and environmental health. Our work is based on the belief that food is a basic human right. The Stop runs a range of programs including community dining, kitchens and gardens, pre and post natal nutrition and support, educational programs, a food bank and a drop-in. We are located in Davenport West, which is widely recognized as one of Toronto’s poorest and most underserviced neighbourhoods. We serve a diverse population, many of whom lack sufficient income to buy adequate amounts of healthy food.

Kingston Home Base

Kingston – Home Base Housing Inc.

Home Base Housing is a not-for-profit organization that has been providing a range of supportive housing options to single adults, youth, and families in the greater Kingston community since 1987. We provide housing, support services, hot meals and community Kitchens to those who are affected by homelessness. Home Base Housing believes that access to permanent, affordable housing, food, and support services should not be denied to any individual. We strive to provide services in a manner which promotes dignity, independence and integration into the larger community.

Lunch by George

Kingston – Lunch by George

Along with Home Base Housing, funds raised via StreetSmart Kingston will also support Lunch by George. Lunch by George normally serves 40-50 people per day, with an occasional ‘spike’ to the 60-70 range and over 100 at our Christmas meal. The program operates five days a week, opening at 9:00 a.m. with coffee and snacks and serving soup at 10:00 a.m. and a hot nutritious lunch at 11:00 a.m. Normally the dishes are done and the kitchen cleaned up before noon, which leaves the hall available for other groups in the afternoon. Many of the patrons have some form of disability – mental or physical – which prevents them from working. Many of these patrons have been coming for a number of years. Lunch by George is their social centre; they know each other and care for each other. A few are elderly and in poor circumstances.