Food Programs at
Hope Community Services

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Community Food Programs

Food is such an important part of our social and community fabric!

At Hope Community Services we offer a variety of food programs and resources. So whether you’re a new mom, a family with children, a lonely senior, a budding gardener, or someone challenged with putting enough food on the table, we’re here for you!

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Community Food Bank & Drop-In

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Better Beginnings Prenatal Program

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After the Bell

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Food Explorers for Children

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Community Gardens

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Lunch with the Bunch

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Meals on Wheels

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Holly Days Program

Community Food Bank & Drop-In

Healthy produce, bread and non-perishable food for children, families, seniors and individuals.

Along with a monthly food hamper, you can enjoy a healthy meal and social interaction at each drop-in. We invite you to shop in our grocery store style Food Bank to select food items of your choosing. Eligible participants need to be residents of Hope to qualify.

While we are located inside the Northwest Harvest Church at 888 3rd Avenue, we have no affiliation with the Church other than as friends and tenants.

Individuals & Couples

Individuals and couples are eligible to receive a food hamper once per month on either the first or third Wednesday of each month between 1:00 and 3:00. 

We invite you to shop in our welcoming and friendly grocery store style food bank to select food items of your choosing.  We have a selection of healthy, organic produce from the Food Bank Production garden (during the growing season) and produce from the Food Recovery project in partnership with Save-On Foods. 

If you’re pressed for time, we’ll still have pre-packaged hampers on hand to get you out the door quickly.  

A nutritious lunch is provided at each drop-in!

Seniors (over 60 years) and those with mobility issues

Seniors and those with mobility issues are welcome to shop in a stress-free, senior-friendly manner on the 2nd Monday each month from 10:30 to 12:00.

A meal is NOT provided but refreshments will be available during this drop-in. 

Seniors and those with mobility issues are also eligible to have their food hamper delivered monthly by volunteers from the 7th Day Adventist Church.

Please call Hope Community Services at 604-869-2466 to arrange for delivery.

Families with Children

While families can access the Food Bank any time we are open, we encourage you to join us on the 4th Monday of each month from 2:30 to 4:00 for a special Family Day. 

We have activities for the kids, a smoothie station, cooking demos and family-friendly meals.  We encourage the kids to join in on the food prep in a safe and fun manner!

Parents can shop in the friendly grocery store-style food bank to choose items from a selection of healthy, organic produce from the Food Bank Production garden (during the growing season) and produce from the Food Recovery project in partnership with Save-On Foods.

Staff and various community professionals will also be on hand to provide resources, support and to answer any questions you may have.

FREE Curbside Market

On the 2nd Wednesday and the last Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each month, you’re invited to shop at our FREE Curbside Market located at the Northwest Harvest Church, 888 3rd Avenue. 

Recovered produce and non-perishable food items, along with bread products will be available for your choosing.

Our Community Food Bank & Drop-In programs rely almost entirely on the generous donations of community members, businesses and organizations and a small grant from BC Gaming.  We could not serve the community the way we do without the support of individuals, businesses & organizations like yourselves.  If you would like to help make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children, families, seniors and individuals in our community, visit our donation page today!

Like our Facebook page for more updates. View our full Food Resource Calendar here.

Better Beginnings Prenatal Program

For caregivers who are pregnant and have newborns up to 6 months old.

Every Tuesday from 12:30-2:00 pm, the Better Beginnings program provides support, education, assistance with access to community services, and a nutritious lunch.

Join us for lunch, connection with other parents, and have fun learning about prenatal and postnatal care.

For more information please check our calendar, Family Place/Better Beginnings Facebook page or call the program coordinator, Irais Guerrerro at 604-869-2466, ext 103.

After the Bell Program

After the Bell is a program that provides healthy food packs for vulnerable children and youth throughout the summer. 

The healthy food packs contain a variety of healthy perishable and non-perishable mini-meals with nutritious child-friendly foods such as crackers and hummus dip, granola bars, juice, dried raisins/fruit, apples, oranges, veggies & dip and more. 

Packs are delivered once a week by community agencies and staff.

If you know of a child or youth that could benefit from having a healthy food pack throughout the summer, please contact the Food Resource Programs Coordinator at 604-869-2466, ext 104.

This program is provided with the support of Food Banks Canada and donations from people like you!  If you would like to make a donation to support children & youth with healthy and nutritious mini-meals, please visit our donation page today!

 

Food Explorers for Children

This fun-filled 8 week cooking program is aimed at children 9 – 11 years who are recipients of the Food Bank or are vulnerable to food insecurity.

Children learn valuable cooking skills in a safe environment while having fun!

Stay tuned for our next installment of Food Explorers for Children!

This program is made possible through a grant provided by The Hershey Company and Food Banks Canada and from caring community members like you.  If you would like to make a donation to support vulnerable kids in learning valuable food and cooking skills, please visit our donation page today!

 

Community Gardens

Join a community of neighbours who grow food sustainably and eat healthy.

This volunteer-led program allows Hope and area residents with a love of growing plants to grow their own produce, attend meetings, and voice ideas for improving the community gardens.

Under the guidance of the Lead Volunteer Garden Coordinator, Esther Brysch, gardeners plant, care for and harvest a range of vegetables, berries and herbs.  Esther also supports the School Garden Program and oversees the large Community Food Bank garden.

Gardening is beneficial to both our physical and mental well-being and provides a sustainable source of organic, healthy and nutritious food!  Even if you’re new to gardening our Garden Coordinator and Garden Members love to support those new to gardening.

Plot fees:

$30 for outdoor raised or low growing plot
$60 for a 4x4 raised or low growing Greenhouse plot

The Community Gardens are located behind Coquihalla Elementary school on Coquihalla Street.  For more information or to register for a plot, please contact Hope Community Services at 604-869-2466.

If you would like to volunteer to work in the Community Food Bank garden, Coquihalla School Garden or any other garden area, please contact Hope Community Services at 604-869-2466.  Volunteers are always needed and welcomed!

This program is made possible with the support of the District of Hope & School District #78 (land use), the Province of BC and donations from the community members and local businesses.  If you would like to make a donation to support the Community Garden, please visit our donation page today!

 

Lunch with the Bunch

Lunch with the Bunch is a program that brings seniors together and provides an opportunity to socialize, learn new things, enjoy a nutritious meal and have fun!

We meet at 10:00am at 888 3rd Avenue (Northwest Harvest Church) for registration and socializing.  Guest speakers, activities, entertainment or games begins at 10:30.  Lunch is served at 11:30.

Cost of lunch:  $9.00 (Subsidies are available – contact the facilitator, Kim Paolini, or phone Hope Community Services at 604-869-2466, ext 104 for more information).

Transportation is available free of charge!  Contact the office at 604-869-2466 to register.

This program is made possible with the support of Fraser Health, The Province of BC and Community Donations.  If you would like to make a donation to support this popular seniors lunch program, please visit our donation page today!

View our full Food Resource Calendar.

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels provides fresh, nutritious meals to individuals who, because of age, illness or disability cannot prepare adequate meals for themselves. 

Individuals can remain in the comfort and familiarity of their home, while receiving a nutritious meal prepared by our Food Coordinator and delivered by volunteers on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Cost of the meal:  $8.50

This program is provided in partnership with Fraser Health and supported through fees for service and donations from people like you!  If you would like to make a donation to support Meals on Wheels, please visit our donation page today!

Holly Days

Holly Days is our annual Christmas Giving program.

We provide grocery gift cards, food, toys & gifts for low-income households. 

To register for this program, please visit the main office at 434 Wallace Street.  Please bring with you proof of residence (i.e. rent receipt, utility bill, etc.) and ID for every member of your household.  Registration begins November 2, 2020.

NEW this year – sponsor a family or senior!

If you or your organization would like to sponsor a family or senior this year, please contact the office at 604-869-2466 and we will match you up with a family or senior in need.

This program is supported ENTIRELY through the generous donations of local community members, businesses, organizations, the Abbotsford Christmas Bureau and the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau!  If you would like to support Holly Days Christmas Giving Program, please visit our donation page or contact the office at 604-869-2466 for additional ways to support this popular program.

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We are proud members of Food Banks Canada
We are proud members of Food Banks BC
We are proud members of Community Food Centres Canada

Hope Community Services

PO Box 74, 434 Wallace Street.
Hope, BC, Canada V0X 1L0

tel: (604) 869-2466
fax: (604) 869-3317

giving@hopecommunityservices.com

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