The Duncan Foodbank

Ensuring no individual or family in the Cowichan Valley goes hungry either physically, spiritually or emotionally.

Hours

Monday to Saturday: 10:00am — 4:00pm.

4th Thursday every month: Closed for cleaning

Hamper Distribution

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10:00am — 1:30pm.

Register at food bank starting at 9:00am or by phone (250-746-1566). Phone is preferred.

Contact

5810 Garden St, Duncan, BC V9L 3V9
Tel: 250-746-1566
Fax: 778-422-3566
Email: henry@cvbs.ca
Manager: Henry Wikkerink


New Manager

We would like to introduce the next CVBS Manager, Henry Wikkerink. Henry comes from the New Life Baptist Church where he has been their Finance and Operations Manager for over 14 years. He originates from the Cowichan Valley and brings a wealth of experience and local knowledge. We look forward to a long and productive association as we work to alleviate food insecurity and hunger in Duncan and surrounding areas. Henry takes the reins on December 1st. He looks forward to meeting all of our many friends, clients and volunteers.


Job Opportunity

Dishwasher

We are hiring for a dishwasher for Thursdays/Fridays/Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Duties include washing dishes in a commercial kitchen, general clean-up, and assisting the cook with basic meal prep as needed. Must have Food Safe and proof of current COVID-19 vaccinations. A criminal record check will be required.

Volunteer Opportunity

Drivers

The Cowichan Valley Basket Society is looking for two volunteer drivers, each covering 3-4 days per week (Monday to Saturday).

The Volunteer Drivers are responsible for picking up bread and food donations from various grocery stores in the Duncan area starting at approx. 7:30am on Mondays through Saturdays and delivering to the Food Bank. The time commitment is no more than 2 hours per day. This role requires a truck or cargo-type van.

An honorarium to cover some gas expenses will be provided. A criminal record check and driver's abstract will be required. If you are interested, please contact the office at (250) 746-1566.


Needs

Financial

Your donation helps the society's buyer to purchase bulk goods for distribution in hampers or use in the dining area.

Donations are accepted by:

  • e-Transfer to cvbs@shaw.ca (please include your mailing address in the transfer note)
  • cash or cheques can be brought to the office during office hours
  • mail a cheque
  • donate online using the options below

Donations to this registered charity are recognized with an annual receipt for tax deduction purposes.

Foods

Donations of canned goods, dry goods, & fresh produce are always welcome. Food can be dropped off between 9AM and 3PM or a pick up can be arranged for large quantities.

Always a need for:
  • Ensure (or other meal replacement)
  • Breakfast Cereal
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jam
  • Powdered Milk
  • Soups
  • Canned fruits
  • Canned chilis or stews or pastas
  • Juices (1 liter & small)
  • Children's Lunch Snack Items
  • Granola Bars
  • Canned vegetables
  • Side Kicks
  • Bottled Water
  • Table Sugar
  • Laundry Soap
  • Tins of Coffee
  • Canned Tuna
  • Eggs
  • Salmon
  • Wet Wipes
  • Cat Food
  • Pancake mix and syrup
  • Condiments (ketchup, mustard and relish)
Not needed so much:
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Chick Peas
  • Lentils
  • Black Beans
  • Baby Formula

Volunteers

Contact the office (250-746-1566) if you are interested in volunteering.

Food Banks BC
Food Banks Canada
Cowichan United Way