The Greater Vancouver Food Bank was set up as a temporary relief to address a hunger crisis in 1983 and since then it has grown significantly in the past three decades. Today the GVFB (Greater Vancouver Food Bank) provides assistance to over 28,000 people on a weekly basis. Twenty five percent of their recipients are children, and thirty five percent make up seniors who are also accessing this food bank. In many countries, there are no organizations like this Food Bank. To understand the value and mission of this unique place, on August 17, 2019, a group of volunteers came together to help with food sorting at the food bank warehouse in Burnaby.
Just landing in Canada for less than two months, Luis has already started volunteering with several organizations. He shared a little about himself by saying, “I’ve been volunteering for different places because I have more free time now. My mother tongue is Spanish, but I can speak English, Mandarin, and a little bit of Korean, which makes it easier for me to help more people from different cultures. I’m happy with all the new experiences in Canada!”
This is the first food bank experience for all the volunteers pictured in this photo. They felt that this group volunteering activity was a unique experience that was educational for themselves and a very worthy cause to volunteer for and because of that they would like to volunteer again.