Zero Waste Food Reclamation Project with Village Food Market

phc-zero-wasteThe Food Bank is embarking on a new adventure and we need your help!

We are grateful to Village Food Market (VFM) for partnering with us to save their produce they can no longer sell. They are donating their unsold produce to the Food Bank. This is a beneficial partnership for the community and the planet!

Volunteers needed daily for the following tasks:

  • Pick up produce at VFM and drop it off at PHC
  • Sort produce for human consumption, animal consumption and compost

We are very excited to help divert good food to those who need it.

If you can help with this project, please contact the Food Bank Coordinator Sacha: or 250-247-7322.

Save the Date: PHC Hunger Awareness Food Bank Campaign

Hunger Awareness Week is May 5-9, 2014

Next week is Food Banks Canada annual Hunger Awareness Week to raise awareness about hunger across our Nation.

PHC has created their own week long fundraising campaign with the goal of raising money and food to fill up the food bank shelves.

Food Banks Canada states that nearly 850,000 Canadians will visit a food bank for assistance this month alone. Of those, 36 per cent are children.

PHC gives out 18 tons of food annually to Gabriola residents in need.

“You don’t have to go far to see that hunger is something that is also a local concern. There are many working people and families struggling to make ends meet day to day”, says Sacha Petersen. “PHC food bank tries to help people stretch their money each week by offering a small boost to their cupboards and we are always grateful for the support we receive from our community”.

Our most needed food donations are:

  • canned fish or meat
  • canned beans, veggies, and fruit
  • pasta
  • juice boxes,
  • soup
  • rice
  • peanut- free lunch snacks
  • fresh fruit and veggies
  • boxed meals
  • oats

Here is how you can help PHC meet their fundraising goal during Hunger Awareness Week:

Monday & Tuesday:

100 Gabriolans can buy a little extra food and drop off donations at PHC.

Wednesday & Thursday:

200 Gabriolans can pack a brown bag lunch and donate their savings to PHC.


300 Gabriolans can become monthly donors.
To become a monthly donor go to .


400 Gabriolans can help “Fill the Truck”
May 10th from 10-2pm at the Folklife Village parking lot

About Hunger Awareness Week

Hunger Awareness Week was created to provide food banks with an opportunity to educate about the reality of hunger in Canada and to encourage all Canadians to make a choice to help those in need.  Close to 850,000 individuals turn to food banks for support each month, and close to 2 million Canadians are food insecure, struggling with not knowing where their next meal may come from.  Today, more than 800 food banks and 2,900 affiliated agencies work in communities across the country to assist Canadians in need.


It’s Garden time at PHC

PHC Gabriola GardensGardens, everyone is starting to buzz about their gardens!

At PHC we have an amazing garden program that everyone is welcome to participate in. Our gardens produce healthy organic food for the food bank.

There are lots of hands on jobs that volunteers can help with during garden season. If you are interested in helping please leave a message for Sacha (food bank and gardens coordinator) @ 250-247-7322.

We can always use some tools to help us tend to the gardens. If you have tools that you are wanting to lend to this fantastic program, let’s talk!

Also if there is anyone who is willing to start and care for starter plants until they are ready to be planted please contact Sacha.