Since 2001, a key component of Potluck Café’s mission has been to provide training, skills and jobs to Downtown Eastside residents who face multiple barriers to employment. Employees gain on-the-job training at Potluck’s neighbourhood café on West Hastings, where they prepare and serve food for the organization’s corporate catering clients.

Cooking food is a huge component of the job, but equally as crucial is transporting the food where it needs to be – safely, attractively, and on time. A grant from Central City Foundation helped Potluck Café replace its aging delivery van and purchase catering equipment like platters, dishes and baskets that will allow the non-profit to remain competitive and meet their clients’ needs.

Discover more about how Potluck’s employment model is changing the lives of residents in the Downtown Eastside in this heartwarming video.