The Greater Vancouver Food Bank is moving its headquarters to Burnaby.
The organization is in the process of moving from a warehouse on Raymur Avenue in Vancouver to 8345 Winston St. – a warehouse roughly one block south of the Production Way-University SkyTrain station.
The move comes after the food bank’s Vancouver lease expired and it was unable to find a suitable home in the city, chief development officer Cynthia Boulter told the NOW.
She said the new location is roughly the same size – 40,000 square feet – as the food bank’s existing home, but has higher ceilings, allowing for more shelving.
The move will not change the food bank’s mission of serving its four member communities (Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and North Vancouver), Boulter said.
“We're not shutting everything down and moving to Burnaby. We want to make sure people still have access in their communities,” she said.
But, Boulter said, the food bank does plan to reduce the number of pick up locations in the region down from its current 13, which are only open in the morning, five days a week. Instead the food bank will have fewer locations open longer hours – and more in the evenings.
This will better serve the increasing proportion of food bank clients who are employed, she said.
“The fact we're open when we are doesn't make sense to us,” she said.
Clients can only go directly to the food bank’s warehouse location once a year, Boulter said, but soon they will be able to visit the Burnaby location as much as once a week. As early as August, the new facility will include a food hub open seven hours a day, five days a week, she said.
If you want to help the food bank, you can donate money or sign up to volunteer on its website.