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Food Hub Project

Help PIRS deliver food to newcomer families in need!

After conducting a comprehensive needs assessment with over 350 participants, Pacific Immigrant Resources Society (PIRS) has identified that access to food is one of the top 5 basic needs in the immigrant and refugee communities. The COVID-19 crisis has affected a majority of newcomer families, with over 50% reporting loss of income, as well financial and housing instability. In collaboration with United Way, PIRS is starting two community-based food hubs to help immigrant and refugee families struggling with food insecurity. The two locations are at South Vancouver Family Place and Journey Home in Burnaby, where a majority of our clients are based. 

To help with this vital initiative, we are seeking sponsorships and donations of perishable, non-perishable and non-food items such as: dish soap, oil, vinegar, salt, corn starch, sugar, rice, diapers, baby formula, oral hygiene products, feminine hygiene products and more. Our clients will receive weekly food hampers, delivered by volunteers, to help support basic nutritional needs, and hygiene needs throughout the crisis and its aftermath. We are also looking for a donation of 150 reusable bags, which can be branded with the sponsoring organization’s logo.

Here are the benefits of donating:

  • For every donation, we’ll give a personalized shout-out on all our social media platforms, which include Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. We’ll include your company name, logo and social handles to promote your business in front of our 2,500+ followers.
  • All donors will be thanked in a blog post on our website, and in a campaign newsletter which will go out to our list of 3000 contacts, the majority of whom are based in Metro Vancouver. 

For more information, and to make a donation, please contact Valerie Lai (vlai@pirs.bc.ca).