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.

Chemainus Harvest House

The Chemainus Harvest House runs two food banks each week. One is held on Thursdays & Fridays in the basement of the United Church on Willow Street in Chemainus from 11:30am to 1:30pm. The other food bank is run on Mondays, at the Warmland Center, in Crofton, from 9:30 am to 11am. The Chemainus Harvest House is open to people living in the Chemainus, Saltair, and Penelakut Island areas. Applications for service take place at the food bank during food bank hours. Crofton or Westholm 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.

The Chemainus Harvest House also runs a Christmas Food Program, which involves food vouchers instead of food. The amount given depends on family size and can be claimed at the local 49th Parallel or Chemainus Foods grocery stores. The deadline varies each year. Please see local paper for information. People sign-up during their regular food bank time and place. Members of the community can donate food in Chemainus at the food bank on Thursday from 10am to 12pm, or at either the Chemainus or Crofton food banks during regular hours. To apply to volunteer, call or email Sylvia Massey at 250-246-4816 or sylviamassey@shaw.ca.

Address: 9814 Willow Street, Chemainus, BC  V0R 1K0  | 1586 Joan Avenue, Crofton, BC  V0R 1R0

Phone:  250-346-3455 Email: harvesthouse@shaw.ca


CMS Food Bank Society

Every Tuesday between, 10am and 2pm, the CMS Food Bank Society provides food hampers for residents of Cobble Hill, Malahat, Mill Bay, and Shawnigan Lake. Bread is also available every Tuesday. The CMS Food Bank gladly accepts donations of non-perishables and produce which can be dropped off from 9am-2pm everyday.

The CMS Food Bank also offers a Christmas Hamper to residents in Cobble Hill, Malahat, Mill Bay, and Shawnigan Lake areas. Deadline for applications is December 1st and will be accepted at the food bank during regular hours.

Address: 2740 Lashburn Road, Mill Bay, BC  V0R 2P1

Phone: 250-743-5242 Fax: 250-743-5268 Email: cmsfbank@telus.net


Cowichan Community Kitchens

Cowichan Community Kitchens organizes and runs numerous community kitchens across the Cowichan region. Through the organization, groups consisting of 6 to 8 people will form and then meet twice a month to cook meals. During the first meeting, groups decide what they will cook and then draft a plan using grocery store flyers to stretch their budgets. The group calculates the total cost of their groceries, and decides who will do the shopping. During the second meeting, group members cook their meals together. The meals are healthy and hearty. Date, time, and location for the meetings varies and depends on the group. Cost of meals prepared are divided among participants with 50% subsidies provided for those who need it. There are no age restrictions. Single persons, as well as families, are welcome. Participants are responsible for getting to cooking destinations with containers needed for travel. Volunteers are asked to assist individuals with disabilities, as well as to perform other duties.

Address: Suite # 2- 5380 Trans Canada Hwy, Duncan, BC  V9L 6W4

Phone: 250-748-2242 ext. 134 Website: Cowichan Community Kitchens Email: ck.hof@shawcable.com


Cowichan Neighbourhood House

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 home-made healthy soups on a weekly basis, free of charge. They also offer free bread, buns and, when available, pastry, they deliver free vegetables and fruit to seniors’ complexes weekly, and provide soup for individuals on special diets. Additionally, the CNHA also participates in the Good Food Box program where community members can order their 20 lbs of fruit and vegetables for $10. Sign-up and pick up takes place at their office.

Throughout the year, they offer cooking and canning classes for adults and youth. Check-out their website for details on upcoming workshops. They also provide emergency hampers throughout the year and offer a Christmas hamper. Contact their office for registration information and deadlines.

Address: 9806 Willow St, Chemainus, BC V0R 1K0

Phone: (250) 246-3203 Email: cnhaoffice@shaw.ca Website: Cowichan Neighbourhood House 


Cowichan Valley Basket Society

The Cowichan Valley Basket Society (CVBS) distributes food hampers as a part of its Grocery Hamper Program. This program runs on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10am-1:30pm. Further, two weeks before Income Assistance is distributed, there are also hampers on Thursdays from 10am-1:30pm. The CVBS also runs a soup kitchen. The kitchen is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm. During the summer, the soup kitchen is open on Saturdays, 10 am-1pm. These programs are open to residents of Duncan. To participate in the programs, proof of address and care cards are required. Programs are free for those who qualify.

In mid December, a Christmas Dinner is held by CVBS. Contact the CVBS office regarding the date, seating times, and tickets.

The CVBS is a non-profit organization that depends on the support of residents of the Cowichan region. Volunteers welcome. Food and/or cash donations are most welcome.

Address: 5810 Garden Street, Duncan, BC  V9L 3V7

Phone: 250-746-1566 (8am-4pm) Email: cvbs@shaw.ca Website: Cowichan Basket Society


Duncan Christian Reformed Church

On the last Saturday of each month, at 5 pm by the Duncan Christian Reformed Church, a community dinner is provided for no cost. It is open to anyone in the community.

Address: 930 Trunk Road, Duncan, BC  V9L 2S1

Phone: 250-748-2122 Email: crc.duncan@shawcable.com  Website: Duncan Christian Reformed Church


Duncan Pentecostal Church

The Duncan Pentecostal Church provides an Emergency Food Cupboard to people during an emergency/crisis. They provide a food supply of canned goods for 1 or 2 days. Non-perishable food donations are always welcome.

Address: 931 Trunk Road, Duncan, BC  V9L 2R9

Phone: 250-748-1423 Email: office@duncanchurch.com Website: Duncan Pentecostal Church  Facebook Page: Duncan Pentecostal Church


Good Food Box Program

The Good Food Box Program’s main goal is to promote healthy eating in the Cowichan region. The program is run by The Warmland House, and can be ordered once per month at the Canadian Mental Health office located at 371 Festubert Street in Duncan. Deadline for orders is the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 2pm. The 3rd Monday of each month is a packing day (unless it’s a holiday), and our volunteers meet at Warmland House to begin putting the Good Food Boxes together. Boxes can be picked-up from The Warmland House and cost $10.00 each. The Good Food Box is a participant-driven program, so volunteers are always in need.

Pickup Address: 2579 Lewis Street, Duncan, BC V9L 2Z2 (Warmland House)

Phone: 250-715-1132 or Teri @ 250-746-5521 Website: The Good Food Box


Healthiest Babies Possible

Healthiest Babies Possible 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. The organization believes that each woman’s situation is unique and that she is the expert in her own life.

Address: 5462 Trans-Canada Hwy #106, Duncan, BC  V9L 6W4 (House of Friendship Centre)

Phone: 250-748-2242 ext. 350 Website: Healthiest Babies Possible


Hiiye’yu Lelum – House of Friendship

The Duncan House of Friendship offers a Breakfast Club and a Homelessness Outreach Program servicing urban First Nation peoples. Open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 6am-8:45am. Early morning coffee is available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Address: 5462 Trans-Canada Hwy #106, Duncan, BC  V9L 6W4 (House of Friendship Centre)

Phone: 250-748-2242 #205 Website: Hiiye’yu Lelum – Houes of Friendship


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’s programs include a soup kitchen program as well as a food bank. The soup kitchen program does not require sign-up. To participate, drop in at the Eagles Hall on Main Avenue in Ladysmith. The soup kitchen runs on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am to 2pm. The Food Bank is open Tuesdays from 9am to 12pm for distribution. Sign-up at Ladysmith Resource Centre location. These programs are open to Ladysmith residents and proof of residency and BC Care Cards for each family member must be provided. The Centre is open Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm.

Address: 630 2nd Avenue, Ladysmith, BC  V9G 1B2

Phone: 250-245-3079 Fax: 250-245-3798 Email: info@lrca.ca Website: Ladysmith Resource Centre Facebook Page: Ladysmith Resource Centre Association


Lake Cowichan Christian Fellowship Church

The Lake Cowichan Christian Fellowship Church provides a community lunch at 12pm after their service on the 3rd Sunday of each month. There is no cost for those who would like to participate and it is open to anyone in the community. Bread is also available to anyone in need. For information on receiving bread, please call the church.

Address: 10 King George Street, Lake Cowichan, BC  V0R 2G0

Phone: 250-749-6492 Email: info@lccf.ca Website: Lake Cowichan Christian Fellowship Church


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 at the Cowichan Lake Christian Fellowship Church, located at 57 North King George Street in Lake Cowichan.

December Christmas Hampers are distributed by the Cowichan Lake Community Services. Deadline for 2015 is December 4th. Please call for more information: 250-749-6822. To volunteer or to donate to the Lake Cowichan Food Bank, please contact Cindy at 250-749-6239 or email lakecowichanfoodbank@gmail.com

Address: Box 1087 # 105 – 205 South Shore Road, Lake Cowichan, B.C. V0R 2G0 

Contact: Betty 250-749-4802

Website: Cowichan Lake Community Services


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. Meals are served on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Duncan United Church. The doors open at 4pm.

All of the meals are made and donated by community members and groups. If you are interested in preparing a meal, please call, 250-710-0351.

Address: Duncan United Church, 246 Ingram Street, Duncan in Burns Hall

Phone: 250-710-0351


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. Every Christmas the Salvation Army runs a Christmas Hamper program, supplying a hamper of food and toys to low-income families. Registrations must be in by the end of November and sign up changes year to year so those interested should ask at the store location for sign up information. Please check around town for posters announcing with more details. The Salvation Army is open Monday to Saturday from 9:30am to 5:00pm

Address: 280 Trans Canada Hwy Duncan, BC  V9L 3P9

Phone: 250-746-7032 or 250-746-8669 for Family Services. Website: Salvation Army


The Sassy Lion Thrift Store

An initiative of the Duncan Lion’s Club, bread is available on Wednesday mornings, by donation, from 10am until it is gone. The Sassy Lion Thrift Store is open from Monday-Friday, 10:00am-4:30pm.

Address: 164 Kenneth St Duncan, BC  V9L 1N4

Phone: 250-746-4495 Website: The Sassy Lion Thrift Store


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