Year round our food bank provides practical help to people in need. Clients are scheduled for appointments (one per month) on Monday, Tuesdays, and Thursdays to come in and shop for items that they need, much like one would do in a typical grocery store. Along with non-perishable food items, our Healthy Choices program receives fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy products from local grocery stores to provide to our clients. Produce items are available without an appointment on Wednesdays and Fridays between 9am and 11am with bread and various non-perishable items available daily from our free shelves for those in need. Emergency help in the form of emergency food hampers is also available for first time clients. Proof of need (evidence of finances) is expected from those accessing help from the food bank.
886 Wembley Road, Parksville, BC
The Food Bank provides supplemental groceries to about 500 families a month, prepares and delivers food to boost student lunches at local schools (School Packs), and is the intake site for clients that need to access other crisis supplies.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are providing hampers by appointment only. Our hampers are available for anyone in need, however you will still need to make an appointment, which may be conducted by phone. Home delivery of food hampers, based on specific criteria, is now available.
Hours of Operation
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Wednesday and Friday 9:00 am – noon
(Closed Statutory Holidays)
Healthy Choices FREE Produce: Wednesday & Friday 8:30 am—11:00 am
Non-perishable FREE Shelf: Daily during food bank hours
Food Bank hampers BY APPOINTMENT, please call 250-248-8793 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Food Bank hamper delivery BY APPOINTMENT, please call 250-248-8793 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
INFORMATION FOR FOOD BANK CLIENTS – OUR PROCEDURE
Food Bank Appointments – New Intakes
All new intakes must make appointments by calling 250 248 8793.
If an Emergency Hamper is needed, they can attend food bank during the following times:
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday – 8:00am to 3:00pm
Wednesday and Friday – 8:00am to 11:00am
Clients must bring, photo ID, proof of address, any outstanding bills, proof of income, to be registered at food bank.
Clients who have not visited the Food Bank since January 2019 will need to bring the above documents to re-register – a new system was initiated in January 2019 and everyone had to re-register.
Food Bank Appointments – Regular Clients
Clients who are already in the system simply call 250 248 8793 to book an appointment.
We are booking 2 to 3 weeks in advance as we are that busy.
Clients MUST be in the new system and must make an appointment to access furniture vouchers. They cannot show up and expect to receive a furniture voucher. Appointments need to be made by calling 250 248 8793.
Their client file will be reviewed and it will be determined if they qualify or not.
Call 250-248-8793 for more information or to schedule an intake or shopping appointment.
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