Groceries and food assistance

Many grocers are adding online purchase, pick-up and delivery services to help protect against COVID-19. However, as the demand for these services increases, their capacity to fill orders may slow down. Ordering early will help with these delays. In addition, you may want to use amazon.ca, Walmart.ca, or Costco.ca (still need a membership) to order groceries, household goods or other items.

Grocers with online services

If you are ordering delivery or take-out, if possible, try to arrange for contactless delivery: so there is less physical contact between yourself and others.

Food assistance 

  • The Salvation Army (105 West 12th Street, North Vancouver) offers a frozen meal program for all, especially for seniors. They deliver twice a week to individuals who can not come and purchase. Seniors who have access to the internet can view their menu on their website and purchase online. Free lunch bags are available daily from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Low cost frozen meals are available for all ($2 - $5) from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration to buy the meals is not needed.

  • North Shore Neighbourhood House provides lunches on Saturdays outside the back door, 1 – 2 p.m. Check upcoming food bank days.

  • North Shore Alliance Church offers grocery shopping assistance to seniors, people with health challenges, and recent travellers in quarantine. The cost is covered if you are unable to pay. Please call 604-984-6422 to register for this program. Additionally, people experiencing homelessness can visit the church office Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and receive a food card for Save-On Foods. Please note that North Shore Alliance Church is not accepting any new clients for their Wednesday Coffee Time and Christmas Dinner at the moment as they are at capacity!

  • BC 211 – Please call 211 or visit bc211.ca for a list of available services.

  • The food bank at North Shore Neighbourhood House(NSNH) is currently working 1 – 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, outside of their building. Bags of groceries for pick up are available at the front door of 225 East 2nd street. To receive food customers MUST be a Greater Vancouver Food Bank client. You can call the GVFB at 604-876-3601 or visit: www.foodbank.bc.ca and make an appointment to register. NSNH also offers free meals for everyone on Saturdays, 1 – 2 p.m. (Provided by Highlands United Church)

  • North Shore Women’s Centre: women in urgent need of food and toiletries can connect with NSWC to discuss their situation and arrange pick up! 604‐984‐6009 or info@northshorewomen.ca

  • Harvest Project: coaching, food support provided through Client Care program by appointment. Now accepting new intakes to Client Care program: 604‐983‐9488 or ccm@harvestproject.org

  • Quest Food Exchange is a low cost groceries market. They have 5 locations in Lower Mainland and their North Vancouver location is at 167 E 1st St. (enter from Lolo lane). Mondays & Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., and Tuesday to Friday 9 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. They accept clients by referrals from local charities, non-profit organizations, schools, churches, healthcare practitioners or certified professionals. Click here to see the referral process.

    Multilingual Quest Food Exchange brochures:

  • North Lonsdale United Church offers free meals for everyone (take home and heat) on Tuesdays, 3 – 5 p.m. at 3380 Lonsdale. (provided by Sharing Abundance).

  • Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 118 offers free meals for everyone (pick up) on Wednesdays, 12 – 1 p.m. at 118, 123 W. 15th St., North Vancouver. (provided by Sharing Abundance)

  • St. Andrew’s United Church: offers free lunches for everyone on Thursdays, 12 – 1 p.m. and free meals to go on Fridays, 2 – 3 p.m. at 1044 St. Georges Avenue.

Community food asset map: A great resource for helping people locate low-cost free meals, groceries, places where they can grow their food, and kitchen and food programs.
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