From small acorns grow…
The St. Joseph’s Food Bank began as the brain child of Father Gary Gordon in 1990 to help people and families in need. What started as a goodwill gesture mushroomed into an operation with 6 volunteers within 6 years. By 2008 it became obvious that the St. Joseph’s Parish church basement was no longer practical and new space was needed.
December 2009 the Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver made space on their property available for the construction of a new and needed dedicated food bank building to better serve the community. On October 31, 2015, the new St. Joseph’s Food Bank Building opened at 32550 7th Ave. in Mission on the southeast corner of St. Joseph’s Parish Church.
In 2020 we distributed food to 968 registered individuals, who each received monthly food support. Today, we are distributing food to over 1400 registered individuals. The pandemic and inflationary economic environment have had a dramatic impact on our community and unfortunately the number of people in need is sure to increase.
We also provide support to the following agencies by donating food for them to distribute: Chehalis First Nation, Leq’a’:Mel First Nation (Deroche), Mission Community Services (including Haven Hollow, Christmas Bureau Distribution Center, Rivendale Second Stage Housing, The Stage – now closed and combined with Haven Hollow), My House, Union Gospel Mission (street missions), Copper Hall, and Glory House – Recovery House.
We supply and deliver emergency hampers and provide food every day for homeless street distribution. These deliveries are done by St. Joseph’s Food Bank on Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, and by UGM on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. The food that is distributed daily to the homeless is supplied by Save-On-Foods (Deli) as part of the no waste program. Excess non-human perishable food is distributed daily to local farmers and used as animal feed.
In April 2020 the Mission Food Bank Society was set up to support the efforts of St. Joseph’s Food Bank in its work to raise awareness and provide financial support for the operating cost of St. Joseph’s Food Bank.
Our dedicated team of caring volunteers drives our passion to help those in need. Our goal is to support our community and improve the future of individuals, children and families.
For more information on Emergency Hampers, Administration and Food Donations contact: