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Food Security Programs

Our food programs strengthen food security on Gabriola. We aim to provide food to those who need it while fostering social connections, sustainability and good health in our community. We offer a variety of resources, programs and workshops with our partners and team of dedicated volunteers.

Grocery Program

* Some deliveries can be arranged for Wednesday if you have barriers to picking up. If you require a grocery delivery please phone 250-247-7322 or email before noon on Wednesday.

Grocery Program


The Grocery Program distributes foods to individuals and families in need. This could mean you or a loved one is finding it financially challenging to afford food.


Participants must register for the Grocery Program by contacting 250-247-7322 or or by dropping in during grocery hours. The registration is quick and confidential, and no one is turned away.


Grocery pick-up is available at People for a Healthy Community (PHC) on:

Tuesdays - 10am - 2pm

Wednesdays - 11am - 4pm

Food Recovery

Food Recovery Program

In partnership with Nesters Food Market, this program addresses both food insecurity and food waste. People For a Healthy Community (PHC) collects food products that Nesters Food Market can no longer sell. With the help from our volunteers to sort, package and distribute, this food is, sorted into three categories for redistribution in:

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For The People

This food is still fit for people and will make its way back into our programs:

Grocery Program (FoodBank)

Leftover human suitable food  is turned into nutritional meals and soups that will help support our:

For The Animals

Once the food is on the “shall we say” not so pretty side it is offered to a number of our local farmers' to be fed to their animals as another contribution to our local food systems.

If you would like to be on our animal food farmers call list please contact

For The Gardens

Yes that’s right! If we can’t eat it, it is composted in People For a Healthy Community’s gardens and used to nourish and fertilize the produce that we grow once again to support our programs:

Supporting Food Security In Our Community


Growing & Harvesting Food


Food Recovery


Food Skills


Feeding Our Community


Did You Know?

On average 40,000lbs of food is recovered in a year
40% Human Food
48% Animal Food
12% Compost Material
Soup Socials
Building Food Skills
Farmer' Market Coupons

Soup Socials provide free or by-donation nutritional meals. This is an event within the community to share a meal which fosters social connection and strengthens relationships among our community in a casual setting. Why not come out to this event and see what interesting conversation you can engage in with your fellow dining neighbor. We hope to see you there!

Every Tuesday from 11am-1pm

At 775 Church Street

(Fellowship Church Gabriola)

These event is open to everyone in our community as a drop in event


Soup Socials

We provide opportunities, such as Community Kitchen Workshops, to build food skills for cooking and eating healthier. These workshops strengthen social connections and overall community wellness.

Some of our building food skill program are:

Kids Cooking Classes

Ladies Lunch Club
Men's Dinner Club


Building Food Skills

In partnership with the Gabriola Agricultural Association Co-Op, this program supports both low-income community members and farmers. Low income seniors and families with children under 18 are given free coupons that they can redeem on select items from farmers at the local market.


Farmer's Market Coupon

It was so great to be part of this 6 week Ladies Lunch Club. It was fun, educational (good food tips) and so yummy.  A few times I had to skip out just before It was time to enjoy our feast but takeaway was gathered up and delivered to my door. Plus it was so lovely meeting all the ladies.

- Audrey Haug