Moving Backwards

Others, Food , Hunger

Contributed by: Union Gospel Mission

Moving Backwards: The 2021 Downtown Vancouver Food Asset and Need Scan was led by Union Gospel Mission, with a goal of assessing the current state of food access, needs, key stakeholders, and gaps Downtown Vancouver, BC, particularly considering significant changes made because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Included is a summary of key informant interviews with staff and volunteers from churches and community organizations that run supportive food programs for vulnerable individuals. This report is not an exhaustive list of downtown food supports, but instead aims to capture the overall availability of – and need for – further programs, where one service provider observed that she saw how forced isolation caused people to “move backwards” in their mental health. Our programs, too, moved backwards in many ways, as we were forced to revert to line-ups and take-out dishes. It is our hope that this analysis also inspires the energy, perspective, and determination to now move forward.

(Last Updated: September 2021).

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2021 Downtown Vancouver Food Asset & Need Scan