Food costs use up a great deal of income for those on limited income. Because food costs are flexible (while income and rent may not be), many individuals are simply unable to purchase all the food they need. Many seek out meal programs and use food banks as a result.

Meals

Meals are offered at by a variety of organizations and community groups around Greater Victoria.

Food in Greater Victoria (PDF) – 2 page chart

2017 Thanksgiving Meals – and below in the calendar.


*Coffee and snacks are available for drop-in at Our Place and Mustard Seed during regular business hours.

Food Banks

Mustard Seed

250-953-1575
625 Queens Ave.
Required: ID for person collecting.  ID for all members of family being collected for.
Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri. 9:00am-2:00pm. First week of each month is by appointment only: 2014 schedule: June 30-July 4; August 4-8; Sept. 1-5; Oct 6-10; Nov 3-3; Dec 1-5
Quantity: Based on family size. Hampers also available for clients without cooking facilities.
Availability: Once per month.

St. Vincent de Paul

250-382-0712
828 View St.
Required: ID for person collecting and ID for all family members being collected for. Care Cards required for children.
Hours: Monday-Friday. 8:30am-12:00pm, 1:00pm-4:15pm; the Social Concern office is open during welfare week.
Quantity: Based on family size. Hampers also available for clients without cooking facilities.
Availability: Once every 30 days.

Living Edge

901 Kings, Quadra Village Community Centre
Thursday only, 10:30am Food Distribution

St. John the Divine Emergency Food Service

250-383-7169
1611 Quadra St.
Required: No ID necessary, everyone welcome.
Hours: Tues and Fri. 10:00am-12:00pm. Closed Fri & Tues after Income Assistance cheques issued; open Friday the following week.
Quantity: Single or family sized.
Availability: Once per month.

Goldstream Food Bank

250-474-4443
761 Station Ave
Required: Picture ID for person collecting. ID for all family members being collected for. Care Cards required for children. Proof of residence in Western Communities (mail, utility bill etc.)
Hours: Tues and Wed. 10:00-2:30pm. Open first 3 weeks of the calendar month.
Quantity: Based on family size.
Availability: Once per month.

Sidney Lions Food Bank

250-655-0679
9586 Fifth St.
Required: Picture ID for person collecting, ID for all family members being collected for. Proof of residence (any mail with Peninsula address). Cloth bags to carry food, if possible.
Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri. 9:00am-12:00pm. Closed the last week of the month.
Quantity: Based on family size.
Availability: Once per month.

Sooke Food Bank

250-642-7666
2037 Shields Rd.
Required: ID required for person collecting, and ID for all family members being collected for. Care Cards required for children. Proof of residence in Sooke.
Hours: First 3 Thursdays of each month. 9:30am-3:00pm.
Quantity: Based on family size.
Availability: Once per month.

Salt Spring Island Food Bank

250- 537-9971
268 Fulford-Ganges
Required: No ID necessary, everyone welcome.
Hours: Tuesdays. 10:30am-4:00pm.
Quantity: Relative to need, preference and family size.
Availability: Once per week and on an emergency basis

Food in Greater Victoria (PDF) – 2 page chart 

 

List of additional community resources and contacts: Victoria Community Organizations.