Don't Go Hungry
Free food hampers.
Because we're a community.
It's that simple.
Make a Difference
Don't Go Hungry: A Food Support Program wants to spread our message of hope and compassion. We believe that a single action can make a difference in the community, and that collective action can greatly impact the world.
What We Do
We provide free grocery hampers every Saturday at three locations for anyone in need.
At St. Aidan's Presbyterian Church (1320 Seventh Ave), we serve the west end community between 12:30 - 1 PM.
At Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church (244 Lawrence St.) we serve the Queensborough Community between 1:30 and 2:00 PM starting June 27th
At Knox Presbyterian Church (403 Columbia St. E), we serve the east end community from 1:30 - 2 PM.
Standard hampers include dry goods, meat, dairy, breads, and produce. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are also available. We offer outdoors/curbside pickup complete with physical distancing, gloves, and masks. It's a new reality that we take seriously to ensure everyone's safety and peace of mind.
Who We Serve
In short, everyone.
Our neighbourhood is New Westminster.
Our program is for anyone who needs food support.
Some might work mid-week full-time and be unable to access other food support programs that operate on weekdays. Others may be unemployed or underemployed and trying to make their dollars stretch. Many have never needed this type of support before. But food support may help pay rent, or allow other bills to be paid.
Together we can help lighten the load, if only for a little while.
In June 2019, Rev. Laurie Deacon of St. Aidan’s Presbyterian Church asked some parents at the nearby school: "What happens to kids during the summer who have a breakfast and a lunch provided at the school during the year?" One of the moms said, "They come back to school thinner and hungrier."
A group of us (the school, a senior's center, Fraser Health Authority, a city planner, church groups) got together, and in 2 weeks, we formed the Summer Food Program at St. Aidan's with reclaimed food and a volunteer base of 6 people every Monday and Thursday afternoon to distribute food to local families. The average was 25 - 30 households.
We learned from families that food programs occur mid-week and mid-day--so if you are working, it's impossible to access food support. St. Aidan's was set to start a Saturday Food Depot program on April 4th. Then COVID-19 happened and everything stopped. But we knew people needed food support even more.
From the beginning, we have been supported by a generous and compassionate community. Without the involvement of our community partners, none of this would be possible. These include the Vancouver Foundation, Vancity Credit Union, United Way Lower Mainland, the City of Vancouver, the City of New Westminster, Knox Presbyterian Church, St. Aidan's Presbyterian Church, Save On Foods, the New Westminster Homelessness Coalition Society, Fraser Health, Dan's Legacy, the New Westminster Soccer Club, the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, Urban Impact Recycling, local schools, and volunteers from St. Aidan's, Knox Presbyterian, Century House Seniors Center, "Helping Hands New Westminster" community, Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church, ReFood, and local businesses.
As our list of partners grows, so does our ability to serve the community.
Are you interested in getting involved?
Get in touch with us to learn more about our work and how you can get involved. Donations are greatly appreciated and may be dropped off at St. Aidan's on Saturdays from 10 - 11:00 AM or send us a message. Monetary donations may be sent to St. Aidan's Food Program at:
1320 Seventh Ave.
New Westminster, BC