A hub of activity in support of food security in South Vancouver

South Vancouver Neighbourhood House (SVNH) has been working to support community-based food security in South Vancouver for over a decade.

Comprised of three distinct neighbourhoods (Killarney, Victoria-Fraserview, and Sunset), this area of the city contains many racialized and newcomer households who often struggle economically in the face of systemic barriers, lack of opportunities and social isolation. Language and cultural barriers are substantial, and the neighbourhoods are not well connected by transit or walking routes which makes it a challenge to provide accessible community-based programs and supports.

When the Greater Vancouver Food Bank neighbourhood-based food hubs were closed due to COVID-19, SVNH stepped into action to provide a temporary emergency food distribution program to support people. Since then, SVNH has established the Food Hub and Spoke program that provides culturally appropriate food supports and food security activities across each unique neighbourhood and allows people to access services and opportunities for connection close to home at seven community-based distribution points.

The SVNH Langara Food Hub serves as a centre of operations, providing a space for food procurement, storage, grocery box packing, registration and training. Central City Foundation provided a grant to SVNH that helped acquire much-needed refrigeration equipment to significantly increase their capacity to distribute fresh and nutritious food.

“No one should have to go without food, regardless of where they live, their cultural background, the languages they speak, or any other reason. We are grateful for the support of partners like Central City Foundation who are helping us support residents across South Vancouver to increase their food security. We know this will have a positive impact on wellness, education, employment, and more. Together, we are making a difference!”

Zahra Esmail, Executive Director, South Vancouver Neighbourhood House