Loaves & Fishes Food Bank is committed to serving as many people as possible. Currently over 15,000 people in 30 communities across Vancouver Island benefit from the food provided, free of charge by Loaves & Fishes.
As the Food Banks BC National Hub for Vancouver Island, we source food through local, regional and national partnerships.
*See our Food Recovery page HERE to learn more about how we source food locally and prevent food waste.*
How does Loaves & Fishes Spread the Food So Far?
1. Food is given directly to people through our Nanaimo and Port Hardy Food Bank depots. Anyone who comes to us is served. We are a barrier free food bank.
Over 7,500 individuals accessed food from a Loaves & Fishes Food Bank depots in Nanaimo and our Port Hardy Food Bank.
Nearly 1,600,000 pounds of food valued at over $4 million was distributed directly to people through Loaves & Fishes Food Bank depots in Nanaimo & our Port Hardy Food Bank.
Nanaimo’s Food Bank depots are open 6 days per week. They distributed an average of 120,000 pounds of food valued at over $300,000 per month.
Our Port Hardy Food Bank is open bi weekly and distributed an average of 13,000 pounds of food valued at $32,000 per month.
2. Over 100 other non-profits, food banks, schools and Indigenous Communities are provided food free of charge through delivery or collection from our central warehouse.
Watch for our Loaves & Fishes trucks and drivers on the road every day across Vancouver Island making deliveries like…
Bi-weekly deliveries to 5-10 other North Island organizations, schools and Indigenous Communities in Port McNeill. These free of charge food deliveries added up to 8,000 + pounds of food valued at over $20,000 per month in 2020.
*During the Port McNeill journey, our driver makes several stops along the way to deliver additional food to other food banks and organizations who in turn supply it to even more rural and hard to reach people.*
Including our Port Hardy Food Bank it takes an average of 21,000 pounds of food valued at $52,500 transported in a 5 ton refrigerated truck traveling nearly 3,000 km EVERY MONTH just to keep the North Island supplied!
Weekly deliveries to Nanaimo 7-10 Club adding up to 1,300 pounds of food valued at $3,200 per month.
Weekly deliveries to Chemainus Harvest Food Bank & Cowichan Neighbourhood House Soup Kitchen adding up to 2,600 pounds of food valued at $6,500 per month.
Weekly deliveries to the Ladysmith Resources Centre Association adding up to 400 pounds valued at $1,000 per month.
One Busy Warehouse!
Loaves & Fishes central warehouse in Nanaimo at 210 Fry Street is open 5 days per week from 10am – 2pm for the other non-profits, food banks, schools and Indigenous Communities to register and “shop” for free! We even give them shopping carts and encourage them to come as much as they like and take as much as they can use.
People come from all over Vancouver Island to access our food!
In 2020 over 660,000 pounds of food valued over $1.7 million was given to other organizations free of charge!
*Please note the monetary valuation of the food is in accordance with Food Banks BC and Food Banks Canada Metrics*