Community Food Resources

Welcome to Cowichan Green Community’s listing of community food resources in the Cowichan region. Many of these organizations provide free food and other services for those in need. We do our best to keep this list up to date. However, if you would like your organization or activity listed on this site, or have a suggestion, please contact our team at info@cowichangreencommunity.org or 250-748-8506.

Duncan

Community Dinners

Church suppers in Duncan are provided by Knights of Columbus, Duncan United Church, and Christian Reformed Church. This includes…

BBQ lunch on 2nd Sunday of the month at Warmland House on 2579 Lewis Street, Duncan

Hot supper on 3rd Sunday of the month at Duncan United Church on 246 Ingram Street, Duncan

Hot supper on 4th Saturday of the month (except July) at Duncan Christian Reformed Church on 930 Trunk Road, Duncan

Cowichan Valley Basket Society (Duncan Foodbank)

The Cowichan Valley Basket Society (CVBS) distributes food hampers as a part of its Grocery Hamper Program. Hamper Hours are Tuesdays to Fridays 10am – 12:30pm by appointment or drop in, and Saturdays 10am – 12:30pm by pre-order (phone ahead). Call to register a day or two ahead preferred if possible. Coffee and snacks are provided Monday to Saturday 10am – 11am, hot meals and bagged lunches are available Monday to Saturday 11am – 3:30pm, bread and vegetables are available daily.

The CVBS is a non-profit organization that depends on the support of residents of the Cowichan region. Volunteers welcome. Food donations of canned goods, dry goods, & fresh produce are always welcome. Food can be dropped off between 9AM and 4PM or a pick up can be arranged for large quantities.

Hiiye’yu Lelum – House of Friendship

Promoting Wellness and Unity the Hiiye’yu Lelum addresses the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal people by providing holistic programs and services. The House of Friendship hosts a variety of programs including the Cowichan Community Kitchens, Healthiest Babies possible and Early Years, daily breakfasts through the Homelessness Program, and many more than can be viewed on their website.

Homelessness Program: Provides support service for absolutely homeless, as well as services that will help to prevent an individual and/or families from becoming homeless. Provide breakfast on Monday to Friday from 6am – 8:30am. Provide laundry services on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday from 6am – 9am. Provide showers daily from 6am – 9am.

Healthiest Babies Possible & Early Years: Addresses the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal people by providing holistic programs and services. It is a pregnancy outreach program supporting pregnant women of all ages living in the Cowichan region. Services are free and focus on healthy pregnancies and improved lifestyles through good nutrition. Access to nutritional counselling, prenatal education, dietician, and further services are available. The organization believes that each woman’s situation is unique and that she is the expert in her own life.

Meals on the Ground

Meals on the Ground is a grassroots program that provides meals to those in the  Cowichan Valley who need more food security in their lives. Hot dinners are served on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Duncan United Church at 5pm.

All of the meals are made and donated by community members and groups.

  • Duncan United Church, 246 Ingram Street, Duncan in Burns Hall 

Meals on Wheels

Hot nutritious meals are delivered to your home by a caring volunteer Monday to Saturday.

Clients are required to be registered prior to accessing the program. Call 250-715-5312 to register.

Regular meals are $6.50. Large/specialty meals are $8.50. Specialty meals include vegetarian, vegan and dairy-free.

We’re always happy to welcome new volunteer drivers!

  • 360 Duncan St. Duncan, BC
  • 250-715-5312

Nourish Cowichan Society, Starfish Program & School District 79 Partnership

Nourish Cowichan is a society that provides nutritious breakfasts to school children of the Cowichan Valley, supporting them in reaching their full potential. Nourish works with schools in the community to ensure all children have access to healthy food. School breakfast and lunch programs available, as well as weekly food hampers for students and their families. Please contact your school principle for more information

Salvation Army Family Services

The Salvation Army, in Duncan, runs a number of programs. They also run an emergency food program for people in need or who have used up their food bank hamper. An appointment must be made, and a meeting held with the Salvation Army to discuss eligibility. The Salvation Army is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm. They have Street packs (bag of non-perishable foods and water) as needed, and food hampers available (phone or drop in to make an appointment)

  • 280 Trans Canada Hwy Duncan, BC  V9L 3P9
  • 250-746-8669 ext. 102
  • sarmyf.services@shaw.ca
  • Salvation Army

Chemainus & Crofton

Chemainus Harvest House Food Bank

The Chemainus Harvest House runs two food banks each week, one in Chemainus and one in Crofton. The Chemainus Food Bank is held at the Chemainus United Church on 9814 Willow Street on Fridays 11:30AM – 1:00PM. The Crofton Food Bank is run on Mondays, at the Warmland Church on 1586 Joan Ave. in Crofton, from 10:30AM to 11:30AM. The Chemainus Food Bank assists residents of Chemainus, Thetis and Penelakut Islands and Saltair to the Lagoon Bridge. The Crofton Food Bank assists residents of Crofton, Westholme and along Chemainus Road as far as the Bald Eagle Campground. Applications for service take place at the food bank during food bank hours. Crofton or Westholme residents can apply on Mondays at the Warmland Center on Joan Avenue in Crofton. To register, please supply care cards for each family member, status number (if applicable), and proof of residency.

Cowichan Neighbourhood House Association

The Cowichan Neighbourhood House Association (CNHA) is an association of neighbours helping neighbours — financed by donations, and run on volunteer spirit. Located at 9806 Willow Street in Chemainus, BC, across from Water Wheel Park, their office is a few doors down from the Seniors’ Centre & the Harvest House Food Bank. Their office is open to the public from 1pm-5pm, Monday-Friday.

The CNHA provides food on a weekly basis on Mondays and Wednesdays 10:30am to 12:30pm, and Fridays 10:30am to 1pm. They also offer free clothing, tents and other needs by request.

Food First Chemainus

Food First offers a public herb garden, yard share and a fruit save program located behind Chemainus Harvest House. See above for more information about Harvest House.

  • 9814 Willow Street, Chemainus, BC  V0R 1K0
  • food.first.chemainus@gmail.com

Ladysmith

Ladysmith Family & Friends Resource Program

LaFF is a Family Centre for families and caregivers from Ladysmith and surrounding areas with children up to the age of 6 which provides inclusive, interactive opportunities for the development of children, families and community. They provide food gift cards and support.

Ladysmith Meals on Wheels

Ladysmith Meals on Wheels delivers hot lunch on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to clients. Meals are $6 each. Ladysmith Healthcare Auxiliary will pay for 2 meals per month with monthly orders.

Ladysmith Resource Centre Association

The Ladysmith Resource Centre works to co-ordinate and provide services and information to enhance the quality of life of Ladysmith residents and the surrounding community. The Centre operates a foodbank every Tuesday, 4pm – 6pm, and every Wednesday, 9:30am – 11:30am. Ladysmith Food Bank is open to people who live in the V9G postal code area. The Food Bank is in need of volunteers and donations.

Lake Cowichan

Cowichan Lake Community Services Society

Fresh produce from Cowichan Green Community’s food recovery program is available Mondays and Wednesday 11AM to 12PM. They also operate a soup kitchen on Mondays and Thursdays 12PM to 2PM, and a Christmas hamper program in December.

Lake Cowichan Food Bank

From January to November, the Lake Cowichan Food Bank distributes hampers on the second Wednesday of every month to anyone in need within the Lake Cowichan, Honeymoon Bay, and Youbou regions. Application forms for hampers can be obtained through Cowichan Lake Community Services, located at 121 Point Ideal Road. You must register at least two days before the day of distribution. Hampers are distributed between 2pm and 3:30pm store number 105 – 205 South Shore Road in Lake Cowichan.

December Christmas Hampers are distributed by the Cowichan Lake Community Services. Please call for more information: 250-749-6822. To volunteer or to donate to the Lake Cowichan Food Bank, please contact Cindy at 250-746-6239 or email cowichanlakefoodbank@gmail.com

South Cowichan: Cobble Hill, Mill Bay, Shawnigan

CMS Food Bank Society

CMS Food Bank Society provides monthly food hampers for residents of Cobble Hill, Malahat, Mill Bay, and Shawnigan Lake. Proof of residence is required. Monthly food hampers are Tuesday 9am to 2pm and Thursday 9am to 11am. The CMS Food Bank gladly accepts donations of non-perishables and produce.

Additional Resources

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