Food & Shelter Outreach
Vancouver, Point Grey, Kerrisdale & Marpole
Westside Neighbourhood Ministry
Street Ministry is the combined effort of these three parishes. Teams of three people (one from each parish) take part in the preparation and distribution of packages to homeless folk in the Point Grey area. This endeavour is known as Westside Neighbourhood Ministry and became a recipient of funding through the Dioceses of New Westminster's care+share initiative. This ministry initiative helps transform the lives of both those who give and who receive the packets by fostering friendship and understanding.
Outreach Ministry to the Homeless
Nutritious packets of food, clothing and other necessities are delivered on the streets to the homeless. Volunteers deliver packets twice weekly (one weekday, from 4-6pm and a Saturday morning) year round. More volunteers are needed. The parishes donate both items in-kind and cash as well as volunteer help. Partially due to the efforts of this ministry's members the City of Vancouver in conjunction with BC Housing, VCHA and Coast Foundation Society opened a new housing facility located at Dunbar and 16th Ave dubbed Dunbar Apartments. The first group of homeless men who had been advocated for and supported by the Westside Neighbourhood Ministry group of St. Philip, Dunbar, St. Helen, Point Grey and St. Anselm, UBC began moving into the units, November 30th, 2011. See below to download a Neighbourhood Ministries Information and Donation Brochure.
Parishes donate both items-in-kind and cash. The outreach committee of St. Philip’s generously provides funding to purchase some items in bulk. Items needed for packets are peel-open tins of meats or fish, Juice packs, individual dessert or fruit packs, nutrition bars, socks and seasonal items such as toques, gloves and scarves.
St. Mary’s, Kerrisdale
St. Mary’s Kerrisdale provides the Kerrisdale Community Meal year-round with a modified take-out service provided in the summer months. They have no paid staff; approx. 20 volunteers serve between 70-90 people on a weekly basis.
Kerrisdale Community Meal
A hot, home-cooked, sit-down meal is served each Tuesday between 11:30 am and 1 pm. Coffee and pastries are available from 9:30 am onwards. Second helpings are available, and takeaways when quantities permit. Funding comes from individual donations (mostly parishioners), contributions from businesses, occasional fundraisers, in-kind donations from local merchants, and a financial contribution from St. Faith’s and a one-time grant from a local bank.
Partners include: Pacific Spirit Health Unit (Community developer) and Point Grey High School (students from Life Skills class receive training at the Community Meal).
Volunteers are needed as quite often people can’t make a really long-term commitment. Contact Marcia Sauder or Liz Cullen by phone 604.261.4228.
St. Augustine’s Anglican Church, Marpole
The Eburne Society offers free community meals on or around the major holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. Between fifty and eighty people enjoy a sit-down dinner in the Parish Centre. There are about ten volunteers and no paid staff. The Eburne Society relies on donations and the occasional fundraising event.
The Food Bank uses the St. Augustine Parish Centre to distribute food every Thursday morning except cheque week.
The Hudson Street Hub, a partnership between St Augustine’s and the Marpole-Oakridge Family Place, hosts a dinner at St. Augustine's Parish Centre every Thursday evening: doors open at 6pm dinner is served at 6:30. The cost is $6 per person or by donation, but no-one will be turned away due to lack of funds. The Hub also hosts a breakfast every Friday morning from 9am until about 10:30 starting at $4 per person. Again, no-one will be turned away.
The Hub offer recreation programs for seniors and others as well throughout the week, everything from sewing and knitting to ping-pong and bridge. And seasonally, we offer tax clinics, flu shots, and other important services. Contact St Augustine’s for a schedule of events.
St Augustine’s Thrift Shop, Second Hand Rows, is open Thursdays and Saturdays, usually from around 10am until 2pm, though the hours vary. Come at lunch time for your best chance of finding a bargain on clothing, housewares and anything else you could want.
Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver
The downtown location of Christ Church Cathedral creates wonderful opportunities for ministry to the hungry and homeless on the street. The parish support two projects: The Maundy & Sandwich Projects.
This is a sit-down soup, sandwich and coffee service, provided every Wednesday and
Thursday from October through to May, 11:30 – 12:15 pm. Numbers served range from 40 – 75 with 12 volunteers from the Cathedral assisting. Contact Louise Kenwood through the parish office for information.
Volunteers provide coffee and a sandwich, served from a line-up, September – June. Some 44 volunteers serve between 70-90 people Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays between 10 – 11 am. Contact Diane Jeffries by phone 604.682.3848.
St. Michael’s Anglican Church, Vancouver
Meal Ministry (Hot Meal)
The sit-down hot meal, served from 6 – 7 pm in the church hall operates on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Friday of each month and serves 120 people. Approximately 30 people are volunteering at the meal. St. Michael’s and St. Philip’s provide $200 each a month for one hot meal (2nd Friday); Rainbow Church provides funding for the other two Fridays. Holy Cross provides canned food and volunteers for Mondays. Partners include: St. Philip, Holy Cross, Rainbow Church. Contact Brigette Castro by email for more information.
To receive food from the food bank, people register with the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. On Thursdays, the Food Bank is open for workers and students from 6 – 7 pm. The Food Bank is not open on Thursdays that fall during welfare cheque week. At the moment it serves 40 people. Funding Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Partners include: Holy Cross; Greater Vancouver Food Bank.
St. Margaret’s, Cedar Cottage
St. Margaret’s parish is in the Cedar Cottage neighbourhood of East Vancouver. The parish has a long history of taking an active part in the neighbourhood. This is especially evident on Tuesdays, from 10 am to 12 noon when St. Margaret’s Food Bank Depot distributes groceries to the needy. In 2009 St. Margaret’s was approached by the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society who was looking to find a new location for a depot that was currently being run out of the Trout Lake Community Centre and needed to move because the community centre was going to undergo renovations. Starting in November, once a week except during income assistance week, our sanctuary is transformed from its usual configuration for Sunday worship into a new configuration that fits several tables and thousands of pounds of fresh and packaged food, which is distributed by the approximately 20 dedicated volunteers to the nearly 300 recipients each week. Most of the people that use the food bank are from the local neighbourhood, many are seniors and nearly half are families with young children. This program runs year round.
Please contact the Rev. Heidi Brear by email for more information. All funding comes from individuals and organizations willing to donated funds, food and time. Partners include: Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.
St. Paul's Anglican Church, West End
St. Paul’s Anglican Church Advocacy Office provides help and support to anyone in difficulty. Welfare, housing, food access, immigration, legal issues, accommodation problems, or access to government services are all addressed by caring volunteers who meet one-on-one with clients to work together to resolve their issues. This is a free service that St. Paul’s offers as part of its ministry to the community at large. The Advocacy Office was founded in 1995. The Greater Vancouver Food Bank offers a Food Bank service every Wednesday Morning 10-11am (closed 3rd Wed. of the month) For more information, please visit their site.