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نامه سرگشاده به مسئولین بانک غذا در ونکوور بزرگ (GVFB)

مسئولین محترم بانک غذا

در دوم ماه مارچ ۲۰۲۰ مدیران بانک غذا در ونکوور بزرگ (GVFB)، تغیراتی در رابطه با پذیرش مراجعین جدید و قدیم خود اعلام کردند که ایجاب میکند این افراد برای گرفتن غذا مدارک اضافی ارائه دهند.

به عنوان مراجع، داوطلب، مدافعان امنیت غذایی، سازمان دهندگان و فعالان اجتمایی، محققین و اعضای جامعه، ما نگران هستیم که این تغیرات، دسترسی اعضای اسیب پذیر جامعه به غذا را محدود خواهد کرد. هدف و علاقه جمعی ما رفاه همسایگانی است که که دسترسی به غذا و تامین معاش برایشان مشگل است.

بانک غذا در ونکوور بزرگ (GVFB)، سال هاست که شرایط آسانی برای پذیرش افراد داشته است که با ارائه کارت هویت و یا ارجاع از مراکز خدمات اجتمایی، برای تهیه غذا احتیاجی نداشته اند به ارائه اظهار نامه مالیاتی و یا رسید حقوق که ممکن است نداشته باشند۰این روند باعث بوجود امدن نوعی تعادل شده است، مابین جمع اوری اطلات لازم برای برنامه ریزی سیاست ها و ارائه خدمات، و درک کردن و احترام دلسوزانه در رابطه با موانع و کشمکش هایی که فقرا گرفتارشان هستند.

در سراسر آمریکای شمالی، بانک های عمده غذا، مانند بانک غذای نان روزانه در تورونتو، مدرک برای داشتن درامد نمی خواهند و آگاه هستند تقاضای کمک کردن چقدر مشگل است. دراین موسسات، جمع آوری اطلاعات بصورت داوطلبانه صورت میگیرد و در محیط های امن و خوش برخورد برای دسترسی به غذا.

در این مقررات جدید مراجعین غذا ملزم به داشتن مدارک زیر هستند

کارت هویت عکسدار ملی (فوتو کپی وکارت های از تاریخ گذشته قبول نیستند)

اثبات ادرس محل زندگی برای همه افراد بالغ (نامه از یک محل رسمی با ادرس)

اثبات درامد پایین برای افراد بالغ (برآورد مالیاتی ۲۰۱۹، یا ۳ برگه درآمد از ۳ ماه گذشته)

چنین الزاماتی باعث میشود که کسانیکه خانه، کار و زندگی های ناپایدار دارند و نمیتوانند  این مدارک را ارائه دهند از دسترسی به غذا محروم بمانند. کسانی که بیشتر صدمه خواهند دید عبارتند از:

کارگران روزمزد در استخدام موقت.

مهاجرین و پناهنده های تازه وارد.

افرادی که ادرس و محل اقامت دایم ندارند.

افرادی که منتظر دریافت کمک خرج و یا بیمه بیکاری و ناتوانی هستند و یا به این کمک ها دسترسی ندارند.

افرادی که بطور ناگهانی زندگیشان تغیر کرده، خانه شان، درآمدشان یا سلامت شان را از دست داده اند، یا خرج های

قانونی دارند که باید بپردازند.

در ضمنی که بانک غذا در ونکوور بزرگ (GVFB) اعلام میکند هدفش کمک به مردم کم درآمد محتاج است، با چنین مانع تراشی هایی مردمی را که از همه بیشتر احتیاج به کمک دارند مجازات میکند.

اخیرا در یک بررسی دقیق با همکاری خود بانک غذا در ونکوور بزرگ، تقریبا ۱۰۰٪  مراجعین امنیت غذایی نداشتند، واکثریت نبود امنیت غذا در منازلشان را گزارش داده اند (از حذف یک وعده غذا، کم شدن وزن، و یا چند روز گرسنه و بدون غذا سر کردن). مهم ترین دلایل بری مراجعه به بانک غذا در این تحقیق کمبود درامد، بالا رفتن هزینه اجاره و غذا و شرایط و چالش های بهداشتی طولانی مدت است. اینها افرادی هستند که با تغییرات اعلام شده قادر به دسترسی به مواد غذایی نخواهند بود.

بعلاوه، این مطالعه همچنین بر از دست رفتن عزت نفس تجربه شده هنگام مراجعه به بانک غذا تأکید کرده است. دسترسی به بانک غذا برای بسیاری از افراد تجربه ای فروتنانه و برای دیگران  تحقیرآمیز بوده است. برای وادار کردن مراجعینی که به نظر می رسد بسیار احساس بی امنی میکنند، “اثبات فقر آنها” دوباره، یک ظلم غیر ضروری و غیرمعمول است، حتی اگر به هدر رفتن وقت و منابع سازمانی نپردازیم.

این تصمیمات در حالی صورت می گیرد که بانک غذا در ونکوور بزرگ (GVFB)، بالا ترین رکورد دریافت  کمکهای مالی و غذاییی را  توسط صنایع و  شهروندان  دریافت کرده است. با توجه به همه این موارد، ما تصمیم سازمان برای سخت تر کردن دسترسی به مواد غذایی برای افراد آسیب پذیر را درک نمی کنیم.

این تغیرات توسط بانک غذا در ونکوور بزرگ (GVFB) اعلام شده و اجرا می شود، بدون مشورت با مراجعین ، داوطلبان یا شرکای آن. چنین تصمیم گیری های مبهم و یک جانبه برای یک سازمان جامعه ـ محور ، نشان دهنده بی توجهی کامل و رد تأثیر منفی قابل توجه این تغییرات بر آسیب پذیرترین افراد خواهد بود.

به عنوان حامیان قبلی بانک غذا در ونکوور بزرگ (GVFB)، ما ازاین تصمیم سازمان و عدم شفافیت و مشاوره بسیار ناراحت و عصبانی هستیم.

در این دوران بحران کووید ـ ۱۹، دسترسی زودهنگام به مواد غذایی، بدون از دست دادن غزت نفس،  از اهمیت ویژه ای برخوردار است.

با توجه به مطالب فوق ، ما از هیئت مدیره بانک غذای  ونکوور بزرگ (GVFB) می خواهیم که فوراً این تغییرات در سیاست را متوقف کند.

علاوه بر این ، ما از هیئت مدیره می خواهیم:

  • ارزیابی مجدد کاملی از تغییرات عرضه شده و سایر تغییرات اخیر در سیاست بانک غذای ونکوور بزرگ انجام دهد، که شامل صدای کسانی که مستقیماً تحت تأثیر قرار می گیرند، از جمله مراجعین ، داوطلبان و سازمان های اجتمایی شریک باشد.
  • بررسی کامل توسط افراد خارج از سازمان و پاسخگویی در مورد فرآیندهای منتهی به این تصمیمات.
  • اطمینان حاصل کنند كه فرآيندهاي كافي براي سرپرستي سازمان و منابع انساني ، غذايي و مالي آن در آينده برقرار است.

امضاء شده،

Español

UNA CARTA ABIERTA A LA JUNTA DIRECTIVA DEL GREATER VANCOUVER FOOD BANK

Estimados Miembros de la Junta Directiva del GVFB,

A partir del Marzo 2, 2020, el Greater Vancouver Food Bank (GVFB) anunció un cambio importante en su proceso para admitir clientes nuevos y existentes, el cual requerirá documentación adicional para acceder comida.

Como clientes, voluntarios, defensores de la seguridad alimentaria, organizaciones de la comunidad, investigadores, y miembros generales de la población, mostramos nuestra preocupación hacia los cambios en el proceso de registro, ya que estos restringirán el acceso alimentario a los miembros más vulnerables de nuestras comunidades. Nuestro interés colectivo es para el bienestar de nuestros vecinos, quienes tendrán mucha más dificultad en acceder a los servicios alimenticios si estos cambios son implementados.

Por muchos años, el GVFB ha tenido un proceso de registro inclusivo y con barreras bajas, donde los individuos, podían autoidentificar su necesidad para los servicios  con solo presentar su identificación o remisión de servicios sociales sin tener que presentar documentos fiscales o talones de pago, los cuales muchos no tienen. Este proceso balanceaba y tomaba en cuenta por un lado la necesidad del gobierno de recolectar información para la planificación y política de servicios de la ciudad, y por el otro incluía en el proceso la compasión, el respeto y comprensión hacia los desafíos y luchas de los que viven en la pobreza.

Las mejores prácticas de muchos otros bancos de alimentos en norteamérica, por ejemplo el Toronto’s Daily Bread Food Bank, no requieren prueba de ingresos, ya que toman en cuenta lo difícil que es pedir ayuda. En estos casos, el proceso de admisión recoge datos claves de forma voluntaria, creando un ambiente cómodo y seguro para acceder a los servicios alimenticios.

Las nuevas reglas de registro en el GVFB ahora incluyen los siguientes requisitos:

  • Identificación con foto emitida por el gobierno actual (no se aceptan fotocopias ni identificación vencida)
  • Comprobante de domicilio para todos los adultos (es decir, una pieza reciente de correo “oficial”)
  • Prueba de bajos ingresos para todos los adultos (evaluación de impuestos del 2019, o tres declaraciones de ingresos de los últimos 3 meses).

Esto significa que la gente en situaciones precarias de vida, alojamiento, o circunstancias de  trabajo que no pueden presentar esta documentación, ya no tendrán acceso a los servicios alimenticios. Los que se verán más afectados incluyen:

  • Gente que vive al día y trabajadores temporales
  • Inmigrantes y refugiados recién llegados
  • Individuos sin una dirección fija
  • Personas a la espera de recibir o sin poder acceder a: asistencia social, EI o beneficios por discapacidad
  • Individuos con cambios repentinos de vida significativos, incluida la pérdida de ingresos, salud o vivienda, gastos legales y más.

Mientras el GVFB dice que su misión es ayudar a las personas con bajos ingresos que necesitan de su asistencia, en la actualidad están más bien creando barreras adicionales para la gente que más necesitan estos recursos. 

En un reciente estudio académico, realizado en asociación con el propio GVFB, casi 100% de sus clientes reportaron sufrir de inseguridad alimentaria, con la mayoría reportando inseguridad alimentaria severa en el hogar (lo que significa saltar comidas, perder peso y / o pasar días enteros sin comer). Los participantes reportaban que las razones más prominentes para usar el banco de alimentos fueron ingresos insuficientes, aumentos en los costos de vivienda y alimentos, y condiciones de salud.

Estas son las personas que ya no podrán acceder a los alimentos con los cambios anunciados.

Además, los resultados del estudio demostraron que las personas también sintieron una pérdida de dignidad cuando visitaron el banco de alimentos por  primera vez. Acceder al banco de alimentos fue para muchos una lección conmovedora de humildad, y para otros, una experiencia humillante. El forzar a los clientes, quienes han demostrado tener una gran cantidad de inseguridad alimentaria a “probar de nuevo su pobreza” es una acción innecesaria, cruel y tambien una que desperdicia el tiempo de la organización y sus recursos

Es importante darse cuenta que estas decisiones han sido tomadas en un momento en el que el  GVFB ha visto un récord de donaciones financieras y de alimentos provistos por donantes industriales y ciudadanos. Es decir, estas medidas no son debido a una necesidad financiera de la organización.

Tomando en cuenta todos estos elementos, no comprendemos ni apoyamos la decisión  tomada por la organización de complicar el acceso a los alimentos para las personas más vulnerables.

Los cambios del GVFB fueron anunciados y luego implementados sin en ningún momento consultar con sus clientes, voluntarios, u organizaciones asociadas. Esta toma de decisiones tan unilateral en una organización basada en la comunidad, muestra un total desprecio y rechazo del gran impacto negativo que estos cambios tendrán en las personas más vulnerables.Este argumento es respaldado por los estudios y las mejores prácticas previamente delineadas en esta carta abierta.

Como previos partidarios del GVFB, estamos profundamente tristes y enojados por la decisión de la organización y la falta de transparencia y consulta.

EN EL TIEMPO ACTUAL DE CRISIS POR EL COVID-19 EN EL QUE VIVIMOS, EL ACCESO OPORTUNO Y DIGNO A LOS SERVICIOS ALIMENTICIOS ES ESPECIALMENTE CRUCIAL. Dado lo anterior, pedimos con urgencia que la Junta Directiva del Greater Vancouver Food Bank ponga un alto a estos cambios en su política de registro.

Además, pedimos que la Junta Directiva haga lo siguiente:

  • Que lleve a cabo una reevaluación exhaustiva de los cambios de admisión y otros cambios recientes en las políticas de GVFB, que incluyan las voces de los que son directamente afectados, incluyendo clientes, voluntarios y organizaciones asociadas
  • Que realice una revisión externa exhaustiva de los procesos que conducen a estas decisiones, examinando la responsabilidad pública en estos procesos.
  • Que de ahora en adelante, garantice la existencia e implementación adecuada de procesos en la gestión administrativa de la organización y de sus recursos humanos, alimentarios y financieros.

Firmado,

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CARTA ABERTA AO CONSELHO DE ADMINISTRAÇÃO DO GVFB

Caros membros do Conselho Administrativo GVFB,

No dia 2 de março de 2020, o Banco de Alimentos da Região de Vancouver (GVFB em inglês) anunciou mudanças em seu processo de registro, requirindo documentação adicional para novos clientes assim como clientes existentes para ter acesso à comida.

Como clientes, voluntários, defensores da securança alimentícia, organizadores comunitários, pesquisadores, e membros do público em geral, nos procupamos que essas mudanças venham a restringir o acesso à comida para membros vulneráveis da nossa comunidade. Nosso interesse coletivo é no bem-estar dos nossos semelhantes que têm dificuldades em colocar comida na mesa e cobrir suas despesas.

Há anos o GVFB tem seguido um processo de registro com poucas barreiras, no qual indivíduos que apresentem identificação ou um referimento de serviços sociais podem auto-declarar sua necessidade por comida sem precisar demonstrar comprovação de impostos ou comprovantes de renda que talvez não tenham. Esse processo equilibra a necessidade de coleta de informação para fins de planejamento e políticas públicas, assim como compaixão, compreensão e respeito às barreiras e dificuldades daqueles vivendo em pobreza.

As melhores práticas de muitos outros grandes bancos de alimentos urbanos da América do Norte, como o Daily Bread Food Bank de Toronto, não exigem comprovante de renda, entendendo o quão difícil pode ser pedir ajuda. Lá, o processo de admissão coleta dados importantes de forma voluntária, criando um ambiente seguro e acolhedor para acessar alimentos.

O novo processo de registro no GVFB agora requer documentos como:

  • Identificação atual com foto, emitida pelo governo (fotocópias e identificação vencida não são aceitas)
  • Comprovante de endereço para todos os adultos (por exemplo, correspondência “oficial” recente)
  • Comprovante de baixa renda para todos os adultos (avaliação fiscal de 2019 ou três declarações de renda dos últimos 3 meses).

Isso significa que pessoas em condições precárias de vida, moradia ou trabalho que não podem fornecer essa documentação não poderão mais acessar alimentos. Aqueles  mais afetados serão:

  • Ajudantes e trabalhadores temporários
  • Imigrantes e refugiados recém-chegados
  • Indivíduos sem endereço fixo
  • Pessoas que esperam receber ou não podem acessar assistência social, EI ou benefícios por incapacidade
  • Indivíduos com súbitas mudanças significativas na vida, incluindo perda de renda, saúde ou abrigo, despesas legais, entre outros.

Embora o GVFB afirme que seu objetivo é ajudar as pessoas carentes de baixa renda, na verdade estão criando mais barreiras e assim punindo as pessoas que mais precisam desses recursos.

Em um estudo recente realizado em parceria com o próprio GVFB, quase 100% de seus clientes estavam em situação de insegurança alimentar, com a maioria relatando grave insegurança alimentar doméstica (o que significa pular refeições, perder peso e / ou potencialmente passar dias inteiros sem comer). Ainda segundo o estudo, as razões mais importantes para o uso do banco de alimentos são renda insuficiente, aumento dos custos de moradia e comida assim como problemas de saúde a longo prazo.

Essas são as pessoas que não poderão acessar os alimentos com as mudanças anunciadas.

Além disso, o estudo também enfatizou a perda de dignidade associada com a primeira visita ao GVFB. Acessar o banco de alimentos foi para muitos uma experiência de humildade e, para outros, de humilhação. Forçar clientes, que estão comprovadamente em situação de extrema insegurança alimentar, a outra vez “provar sua pobreza” parece uma crueldade desnecessária e incomum, sem mencionar em um desperdício de tempo e recursos organizacionais.

É também importante considerar que essas decisões estão sendo tomadas num momento em que o GVFB recebeu um recorde em doações financeiras e de alimentos, fornecidas por doadores da indústria e cidadãos.

À luz de toda essa informação, não entendemos a decisão da organização de dificultar o acesso a alimentos para pessoas vulneráveis.

As mudanças no GVFB foram anunciadas e estão sendo implementadas sem consulta a seus clientes, voluntários ou parceiros. Essa tomada de decisão opaca e unilateral em uma organização comunitária demonstra uma completa desconsideração e indiferença ao provável impacto negativo que essas mudanças terão sobre as pessoas mais vulneráveis.

Como apoiadores anteriores do GVFB, ficamos profundamente tristes e frustrados com essa decisão, assim como a falta de transparência ou consulta.

DURANTE A CRISE DO COVID-19, O ACESSO IMEDIATO E DIGNIFICADO À ALIMENTAÇÃO É ESPECIALMENTE CRÍTICO. Diante do exposto, solicitamos do Conselho Administrativo GVFB a suspensão urgente dessas alterações.

Além disso, solicitamos do Conselho:

  • Realizar uma reavaliação completa das mudanças no processo de regsitro, assim como outras mudanças recentes nas políticas do GVFB, e nisso incluir as vozes das pessoas diretamente afetadas assim como clientes, voluntários e parceiros da comunidade;
  • Conduzir uma revisão externa completa, incluíndo à distribuição de esponsabilidade, dos processos que levam a essas decisões;
  • Garantir a existência de processos substanciais para proteger a organização e de seus recursos humanos, alimentares e financeiros no futuro.

Assinado,

中文


致大温地区食物银行的一封公开信

尊敬的大温地区食物银行董事会会员们,

自2020年三月二日,大温地区食物银行(Greater Vancouver Food Bank)宣布所有新老用户需要提供额外的文件证明,才可以完成新注册程序从而继续领取食物。

作为关心社会福利和粮食安全的热心公民、社区伙伴、社会活动者、研究学者以及该组织的用户、志愿者,我们深切担忧该政策推举会限制社区脆弱人群获得食物的权利。我们共同的愿景是希望社区里每一位靠薄弱收入维持生计的伙伴可以获得相应的帮助。

多年来大温地区食物银行遵循着开放式非强制性的注册原则:每一位有需要的公民可以出示现有证件或者社会服务机构介绍信说明其个人情况从而进行注册,无需强制性提供报税单或者收入证明。此注册方式充分体现了在以运营及规划为目的收集用户信息的同时,该组织秉承着人道、尊重及理解的原则,尽力为大温地区遭受贫困影响的人群提供无障碍的服务。

这种注册方式也正是北美地区诸多食物银行所推崇的。以多伦多地区Daily Bread Food Bank为例,无强制性提供报税单或者收入证明的注册流程,正体现了社会服务提供者关切及理解其服务人群所面临的跟贫困相关的污名化影响。创造一个安全及友好的服务环境比强制收集信息重要许多。

大温地区食物银行的新注册手续要求用户必须出示以下证明,才可以接收服务:
有效政府颁布的身份证明(复印件或者过往身份证不予接受)
所有需要注册的18岁以上家庭成员的地址证明(印有用户姓名的“官方”信件)
所有需要注册的18岁以上家庭成员的低收入证明(去年的退税证明或者最近三个月的工资单)

新注册流程意味着目前在大温地区居住的面临着住房、工作或其他困境的流动人群将无法再获得食物。受影响的人群包括:
不受合同保护的临时工或小时工
刚刚落地加拿大的移民或难民家庭
无家可归的流浪者
正在等待社会或失业救济金的失业者
其他正面临巨大生活变动的脆弱人群,例如近期突然下岗、无法负担的医疗花销、巨额法律诉讼费等等

虽然大温地区食物银行坚持该组织的目标是服务有需要的低收入人群,然而现实表明,新的注册手续将会给一些遭受饥饿问题急需帮助的人群带来更大的挑战。

与大温地区食物银行联合发布的专业报告曾表明,近乎100%使用食物银行服务的现用户面临生计问题,其中大多数遭受非常严峻的饥饿问题(比如长期营养不良、体重下降、有时一整日无食品保障等等)。报告显示,使用食物银行服务的最大原因是生计困难,日益增长的住房和饮食开销以及长期积累的巨大医疗花销。当新的注册手续颁布实施时,很多面临这些问题的用户群将无法继续使用食物银行服务。

同时该报告结果表明,当人们被生活所迫去使用食物银行服务的时,多数人的用户体验是不适、丧失尊严甚至令人耻辱的。在这样不安的环境下,强制人们出示低收入及其他证明的手段更是雪上加霜。大温地区食物在目前阶段拥有史上最高的食物捐赠及筹款资金量。在这样一个时期,过度地要求用户证明其“贫困”的身份不仅没有必要,近一步剥夺了用户人群的尊严,也浪费宝贵的组织运营的资源资金。

综上所述,我们无法理解支持该组织此政策改动的合理性。此政策改动并无参考任何相关社区伙伴、志愿者或现用户群的意见。对于一个扎根于社区的社会组织来说,如此不透明及武断的决策方式正说明了对社区脆弱人群的完全漠视。我们为此决定将造成的破坏性影响深感愤怒与不安。

在新冠病毒COVID-19传播全球的危机时刻,对所有面临困难的人们,及时并有尊严的食物救助尤其关键。考虑到现在的情况,我们恳请大温地区食物银行董事会紧急中止正要推行的这些政策改变。与此同时,我们也强烈希望董事会可以:
对近期内包括用户注册流程在内的一系列政策改变进行重新讨论,建议采纳直接受影响的用户、志愿者以及社区伙伴的声音
针对相关决策流程批准的责任性完成外部审查
确保充足有效的组织管理

此致,

English

Open Letter to the GVFB Board of Directors

Dear GVFB Board of Directors,

On March 2nd, 2020, the Greater Vancouver Food Bank (GVFB) announced changes to its intake process that require new and existing clients to provide additional documentation in order to access food.

As clients, volunteers, food security advocates, community organizations, researchers, and broader members of the public, we are concerned these policy changes will restrict food access for vulnerable community members. Our collective interest is for the welfare of our neighbours who will have a much more difficult time accessing food to make ends meet.

The GVFB for years has followed a low-barrier intake process, where individuals presenting identification or social service referrals could self-identify their need for food without having to present tax statements or pay stubs they may not have. This process balanced the need to collect information for service planning and policy, with compassion, understanding and respect for the barriers and struggles for those living in poverty.

The best practices of many other major urban food banks across North America, such as Toronto’s Daily Bread Food Bank, do not require proof of income, understanding how difficult it can be to ask for help. There, the intake process collects key data on a voluntary basis, creating a safe and welcoming environment to access food.

The new registration policies at the GVFB now include requirements for:

  • Current government issued photo ID (photocopies and expired ID not accepted)
  • Proof of address for all adults (i.e. recent ‘official’ mail)
  • Proof of low-income for all adults (2019 tax assessment or 3 income statements from the last 3 months).

This means that people with precarious life, housing, or work circumstances who cannot provide this documentation will no longer be able to access food. Those who will be most affected include:

  • Day and wage laborers with temporary work
  • Newly arrived immigrants and refugees
  • Individuals without a fixed address
  • People waiting to receive or cannot access social assistance, EI or disability benefits
  • Individuals with sudden significant life changes, including loss of income, health or shelter, legal expenses, and more.

While the GVFB claims its aim is to help low-income people in need, in actuality, they are creating more barriers and punishing the people who need these resources the most.

In a recent peer-review study conducted in partnership with the GVFB itself, nearly 100% of its clients were food insecure, with the majority reporting severe household food insecurity (signifying skipping meals, losing weight, and/or potentially going for entire days without eating). The most prominent reasons for using the food bank were insufficient income, increases in housing and food costs, and long-term health conditions and challenges. These are the people who will not be able to access food with the announced changes.

Moreover, the study also emphasized the loss of dignity experienced when first visiting the food bank. Accessing the food bank was for many a humbling experience, and for others, a humiliating one. To force clients who have been shown to be overwhelmingly food insecure to again ‘prove their poverty’ seems to be an unnecessary and unusual cruelty, not to speak wasteful of organizational time and resources.

These decisions are also being made at a time when the GVFB has received record financial and food donations being provided by industry and citizen donors.

In light of all these items, we do not understand the organization’s decision to make it harder to access food for vulnerable people.

The GVFB changes were announced and are being implemented without consultation with its clients, volunteers, or partners. Such opaque and unilateral decision-making for a community-based organization shows a complete disregard for, and dismissal of, the likely significant negative impact these changes will have on the most vulnerable people.

As previous supporters of the GVFB, we are deeply saddened and angered by the organization’s decision, and lack of transparency or consultation.

AT A TIME OF COVID-19 CRISIS, TIMELY AND DIGNIFIED ACCESS TO FOOD IS ESPECIALLY CRITICAL. Given the above, we ask the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Board of Directors to urgently pause these policy changes.
Moreover, we ask the Board to:

  • Conduct a thorough re-evaluation of the intake changes, and other recent GVFB policy shifts, that include the voices of those directly affected, including clients, volunteers, and community partners;
  • Complete a thorough external review of, and accountability for, the processes leading to these decisions;
  • Ensure sufficient processes are in place for the stewardship of the organization and of its human, food and financial resources in the future.

Signed,

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Firma la carta

Assine a Carta

签署此公开信

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Organizations (108 signatories, alphabetical)

ACE Geographic Services
Act Urgently!
Alexandra Neighbourhood House
Alignment Ops Business Consulting
Association of Neighbourhood Houses of B.C.
At the Table Nutrition Inc.
BC Civil Liberties Association
BC Health Coalition
BC Poverty Reduction Coalition
BC-Yukon Association of Drug War Survivors
Beyond the Conversation
Burnaby Family Life
Cambium Arts & Education
Capoeira Ache Brasil Academy
Carnegie Community Action Project
caterToronto – diverse, dignified, delicious!
CDWCR (Vancouver Committee for Domestic Workers’ and Caregivers’ Rights)
Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House
Cedar Project
Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity
CityReach Care Society
Coalition Against Bigotry – Pacific
The Coalition of Peers Dismantling the Drug War
Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE)
Collingwood Neighbourhood House
Crossroads Community Meal, Vancouver
Dna Wellness Corp
Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre
Empower.Mom
Family Services of Greater Vancouver
Farmers on 57th
Fight C
Fireside Arts Collective
Flicker Art Collaboratory
Food for Families
FoodShare Toronto
Foundry Vancouver Granville, Providence Health Care. Youth Mental Health & Primary Care.
Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House
Gabba Productions
GABRIELA BC
Galiano Island Farmers Institute
Gordon Neighbourhood House
The Graduate Student Society at SFU
Grandview Woodland Food Connection
Great Lakes Networking Society of BC
Hastings Sunrise Community Food Network
Helps Law Corporation
hua foundation
Jewish Family Services
Keeley Nixon Creative & Consulting
Kitsilano Neighbourhood House
Kiwassa Neighbourhood House
Latinos in Action
Law Students for Decriminalization & Harm Reduction (UBC)
Little Mountain Neighbourhood House
Liquid Assets Bartending
Longhouse Council of Native Ministry
Marpole Neighbourhood House
Migrant Workers Centre
Migrante BC
Moms Stop The Harm
New Westminster Community Food Action Committee
New Westminster Homelessness Coalition Society
On Rock Community Services
picoTera Electronics ltd.
Pivot Legal Society
Place + Space Collective
Planetary Resilience Council
Radical Access Mapping Project
Rainbow Refugee Society
Raise the Rates BC
Richard Marcuse Consulting
Reid Jamieson Music
Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute
Robin D. Bajer Law Office
Salal + Cedar Watershed Discipleship Ministry
Salish Coast LIVE
Salvation Army Stevenson House
Sanctuary Health
Sasamat Outdoor Centre, Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC
South Vancouver Neighbourhood House
South Vancouver Neighbourhood House, Seniors Hub Council
SPIRIT
SRO-Collaborative
St Augustine’s Anglican Church
St. Barnabas Anglican Church New Westminster
St. Mary’s Kerrisdale, Anglican Church
St. Paul’s Anglican Church
Sulong UBC
Susan E. Ross & Associates
Tapestry Philanthropy Partners
Tidal Equality, Inc.
UBC Critical Research in Health and Healthcare Inequities (CRiHHI) Research Unit
UBC Equal Voice
UBC Public Health and Urban Nutrition Research Group
UBC School of Social Work
UBC Social Justice Centre
UBC Wellbeing
Union Gospel Mission
Unitarian Church of Vancouver
Urban Aboriginal Ministry, Listening Post (DTES)
Urban Food Strategies
Vancouver and District Labour Council
Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture
Vancouver Food Policy Council
Vines Art Festival
West Coast LEAF
Yarrow Society for Intergenerational Justice

Individuals (1301 signatories including 119 who have used the GVFB, 372 GVFB donors, 90 GVFB Volunteers, 327 food/poverty advocates, and 129 Employees of GVFB partners)

Matt Simpson, Salvation Army Stevenson House
Jennifer Black, Associate Professor, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia
The Rev. Heidi Brear, St. Margaret Cedar Cottage Anglican Church
Seyed H Hosseini, University of British Columbia
Dr. Jennifer Brady
Elaine Power, Ph.D., Queen’s University
Hannah Wittman, UBC Centre for Sustainable Food Systems
Wes Everaas, Lookout Housing and Health
Jackie Wong, hua foundation
Melissa Baker, UBC Food Services
Eris Nyx, SRO-Collaborative and The Coalition of Peers Dismantling the Drug War
Amber Heckelman, Research Consultant
Eleanor Holmes, Registered Dietitian, MSc
Deanna Tan, New Westminster Community Food Action Committee
Elli Lynn Taylor, Raise the Rates BC
Omar Chu
Meenakshi Mannoe,  Pivot Legal Society
Ian Marcuse, Grandview Woodland Food Connection
付宇
Sarah St John
Anonymous Signer
Betina Wheeler, Community Food Advocate
Emma Warner-Chee
Anonymous Signer
Kaleb Morrison
Natasa Simic
Terry Fisher
Sharnelle Jenkins-Thompson, West Coast LEAF
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Bill Wong, Union Gospel Mission
Jenny Francis, Langara College
John Collins
Anonymous Signer
Millie Saunders
Brent Mansfield
Laurie Deacon, St Aidan’s Presbyterian Church
Veronik Campbell, RADIUS, Simon Fraser University
Emily Palmer
Justinne R
Jeremiah Carag, Sulong UBC and Malaya
Anonymous Signer
Carol W
Alexine Sanchez
Hessed Torres, Migrante BC
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Kim Cooper
Angela Contreras
Lisa Allyn, Foundry Vancouver, Granville, Providence Health Care. Youth Mental Health & Primary Care.
Sarah FioRito
Brenda Rudko
Trish Kelly
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Dora Prieto
Matt Dolf, UBC Wellbeing
Anonymous Signer
Kevin Huang 黃儀軒, hua foundation
Louis Lapprend
Anonymous Signer
Kaitlyn Fung, Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute
Raquel Park
Rev Kimiko Karpoff, Good Vibrations: the Energy of Resilience
Mik Turje, Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute
De Ann Gershbein
Linda Brooks
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Anonymous Food/Poverty Advocate
Anonymous Signer
Joanna Mendell
Keeley Nixon, Keeley Nixon Creative & Consulting
Gillian Turnbull, Burnaby Family Life
Katherine Hastie
Becky Ferguson
Caroline Lee
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Elise McClay
Ara Van Der Mark
Megan Speers
Clara Wilmot
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Kieren Nelson
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank User
Mina Karimi
Anonymous Signer
Aurora S
Anonymous Signer
Mary Spoto- kibbe
Anonymous Signer
Jim Vanderhorst
The Venerable Mavis Brownlee, St. Barnabas Anglican Church New Westminster
John Haggerty
Devorah Tradburks, Farmer
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Joshua McRae
Tracey Vath
Katie Lamond
Anonymous Signer
Meryn Corkery, Recent Graduate, UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Natalie Blair
Allison Parker
Tara Moreau
Anonymous Signer
Susan Powers
Mathieu Youdan
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Andrea Mulder
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Tave Cole
Rachel Flood, Alignment Ops Business Consulting
Amanda Aziz
Sarah Kim
Abeer Yusuf
Eileen Finn
Alexandra Moulton
Anonymous Signer
Kyle Humana
Keltie Craig
Norah Holtby, Gabba Productions
Elizabeth Edwards
Paige Raibmon
Rupinder Sidhu
Claudia Stewart
D O’Connell
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Anonymous Signer
Darren Poon
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Signer
Bambie Tait
Rachel Quong
Zsuzsi Fodor
Chris Wolff
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Sobey W
Anonymous Signer
Vanessa Richards
Kennedy Arbor
Matthew Siegle, PhD
Jane Bouey
Lidija Rekert, The Yoga Wheel
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Anonymous Signer
Ryan
Brett Northfield
Amal Rana, Cambium Arts & Education
Erv Newcombe
Anonymous Signer
Katharine Vriesema-Magnuson
Anonymous Signer
Emmanuel Lagarde
Julia Seymour
Anonymous Signer
Colin Easton
Neil Kursan
Rekha Pavanantharajah
Sara G Sahulka
Pat Innes
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Mira Evens
Lisa Jean Helps, Helps Law Corporation
Anonymous Signer
Laura June Albert
Marcela Fuller, Collingwood Neighbourhood House
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank User
A.S. Dhillon
Karima Chellouf
Erica Hardwick
Meghan Fulton
Emily Beam
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank User
Yoo-Mi Lee
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Signer
Kelly Hamilton
Blan Butyniec, Kiwassa Neighbourhood House/Hastings Sunrise Community Food Network
Elise Barber, Kiwassa Neighbourhood House
Natalie Moravek, Kiwassa Neighbourhood House
Seri Niimi-Burch, Graduate Student, UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor and Volunteer
Jen Lund
Anonymous Signer
Heather Hoiness
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank User
Faisal Mohamed, York University
Gail Hammond, UBC, Faculty of Land & Food Systems
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank User and Donor
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Stephanie Lim, UBC – Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Jenn McDermid
Danica Denomme, Activist and community organizer
Claudia Paez, Independent Consultant
James Ash
Anonymous Signer
Robert Trubenbach
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank User
Pam Garcia
Sara Elder
Dyhan Roberts
Hannah Thayer
Michelle La, Simon Fraser University
Kristin Cheung 冮雪莉
Michelle Cyca
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Volunteer
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor, User, and Employee of a Partner
Janice Lo, UBC Medicine
Elaine Su
Anonymous Employee of a GVFB partner and a GVFB donor
Shannon Rees, RN
Ilana Labow
Vince Tom
Brendan Chan, High School Teacher
Marc Schutzbank, Ms
Alex Nixon
Anonymous Signer
Morgan Shupe
Alexander Mach
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Vincent Patterson
Jesse Marchand
Christina Lee
Heather Lamoureux, Vines Art Festival
Rachel Franklin
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Wayne Masing, Food for life at church on Five community meal
Amelia Smart
Henry Lau
Anonymous Signer
Neilu Rishi
Mark Gifford
Andrew Hunter
Tess Conrad
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Signer
Rachel Nicoletti
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Anonymous Signer
Dana Mah
Audrey Tung, University of Victoria
Joan Trinh Pham
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Claire Roberts
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Volunteer
Leila Meshgini
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor and User
Fiona Lemon
J. Elise Lowes
Mona Grenier
Elliot Langford
Melissa Dorsay
Vikki Timler
mia amir
JoAnne Vasil
Sara Kendall
Carolyn Froats-Emond, Registered Dietitian
Leah Sullivan
Andrew Thompson
Robin Ledger, PHS
Barbara Barnes
Anonymous Signer
Catriona Hippman, University of British Columbia
Susanna Klassen, University of British Columbia
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank User
Bev Bird
Gary Kasten
Sarah Neault
Reena Reddy
Lauren Ham
Anonymous Employee of a GVFB partner and a GVFB donor
Leilani Reum
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Rachel Lovivk
Deb Salh
Emily Alderman
Matthew Neill
Anna Ward
Joan Noel
Britney Cunningham
Tasia Smallwood
Anonymous Signer
Ernst Fast
Geeta S
Katie Marsh
Natalie Corbo
Anonymous Signer
Laurel Burton
Len Bosch
Anonymous Signer
Jenny Simpson
Anonymous Signer
Darlene Seto
Simeon Pang, Crossroads Community Meal,
Vancouver
Mark Hosak
Sarah Wolfson
Jacklyn Scodellaro
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Jenny Knoll, Shelter Health
Network/Community Midwives of Hamilton
Amy Chu
Amelia Gallant
Anonymous Signer
Petra Beamish
Mutya Macatumpag
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Mauree Aki Matsusaka
Anonymous Signer
Susan Ross, Susan E. Ross & Associates
Kate McIntyre
Nour Kachouh
Dana James, PhD Candidate, IRES, UBC
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank User
Tracy Sgaw
Anonymous Signer
Robin Layne
Debora Gordon
Diandra Oliver, Place + Space Collective
Christie Schilling, Registered Social Worker
Anonymous Signer
Meesoo Lee
Lex Dominiak
Anonymous Signer
Sara Kozicky
Patrick Morrison
crecien bencio
Anonymous Employee of a GVFB partner
Maddy Stewart, UBC Equal Voice
Anonymous Employee of a GVFB partner
Erica Isomura
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Signer
Ikram Mohamed
Heather Anderson
Lana Kouchnir
Anonymous Signer
Melanie Conn
Joselyn Kennedy, VCH
Anonymous Signer
Krystle Charlton
Samantha Thoms
Melanie Yelland
K Woolverton
Duncan McHugh
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Signer
Melanie McDonald
Nikki Christou
Anonymous Food Bank User
Christina Chan
Fiona Trotter
Marc Cittone
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Amanda Pollicino
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Signer
Rebecca Dickson
Sage Rinaldo
Anonymous Employee of a GVFB partner and a GVFB donor
Gordon Ly
Tom Wynn
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Signer
Michaela Kennedy
Quvi Taylor, RN
Julie Jenkins
Emily LeBaron
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor and Volunteer
Cassandra Harwood
Angela McIntyre
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor and User
James Rankin, Former volunteer..GVRD
Anonymous Signer
Tara Gallen
Anonymous Signer
JT Zhang
Anonymous Signer
Brittney Udall, Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity
J McRae
Leslie Campbell
Anonymous Signer
Dave Kranenburg
Lindsey Underhill
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Signer
Shelley Dowson
Anonymous Signer
Emily Van Halem
Chelsea Tang
Tara Doyle
Haifa Miller, I am an individual citizen. I belong to a church. I believe is the golden rule, do unto others as you would have them do for you.
Anonymous Signer
Charitini Orphanidou
Nicolas Di Lollo
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Signer
Amanda Jabbour
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Signer
Lorraine Balwin
Anonymous Signer
Shelby Tay Tay
Andrew Stephens-Rennie, Christ Church Cathedral
Anonymous Food Bank User
Melina Strom
Patricia Kim
Jen Morris
Anonymous Employee of a GVFB partner
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Volunteer
Spencer Lindsay
Shila Avissa, Registered Social Worker
Cheyenne Manning
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor, Vancouver Resident
Lorena Mota
Judy Miller
Stephanie Li
Ramiro Arteaga
Siusaidh Chaimbeul
Marcela Villaca, North Shore Restorative Justice
Anonymous Employee of a GVFB partner
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Caroline Longford
Susan Millar, 1951
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Angela Ho
Joming Lau
Khristine Carino, Empower.Mom
Diane Hastie
Nancy Halifax, York Uni
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor and User
David Garzon
Manny Kursan
Jessica Carson
Heather Christie
Renee Kursan
Rosalind Sadowski
Emma Harris, YMCA Greater Vancouver
Anonymous Signer
Dianne Varga
Nancy Friesen
Wing Wu
Amy Mawdsley
Charlotte Zesati
Anonymous Signer
Leana Temoana
Kareem Ibrahim, Law Students for Decriminalization & Harm Reduction (UBC)
Helen Hughes
Elisa Castro
Vive W
Paige Mowbray, Registered Social Worker
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Kelly Allison, UBC School of Social Work
Anonymous Signer
Yuer He, Greater Vancouver Youth Unlimited
Anonymous Signer
Sarah Trivett, The Salvation Army Vancouver Harbour Light
Heather Jarvis
Elodie Jacquet
Zahra Esmail, South Vancouver Neighbourhood House
Kat Cureton
Ariel Hunt-Brondwin
Penny Bradley, Alexandra Neighbourhood House
Anonymous Employee of a GVFB partner
Lauren McGuire-Wood, Vancouver Coastal Health – Community Investments
Namaste Marsden
Shareen Chin
Danielle DeGagne
Anonymous Signer
Dasha, Simon Fraser University
Carmen Ocampo, South Vancouver Neighborhood House
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Soyoung Ahn
Connie Hubbs
Kim Shields
Dorothy Yada
Samir Gandesha
Riaz Behra
Peter Prontzos
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Evan Gaensbauer
Carrie Bercic
Liz Atkinson
Gay Dewar
Melanie Steele
Christina Gower, Nurse and Advocate
Marilyn Hogan
M Procaccini
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Anonymous Signer
Elisabet Thor-Larsen
Dan Keeton
Martha Kerr, MPA Society
Laurent Grogan
Brigitte Castellan
Jonathan Hays
Jazmin Miranda
Lia Sampson
Lillian Yin
Imtiaz Popat, Coalition Against Bigotry – Pacific
Paul Riley
David Wesley Didier, COPE
Erik Riley
Ashley Fehr-Jones
Shane Stack
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Steven Lee
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Employee of a GVFB partner
Kirsten Sikora
Sambriddhi Nepal
Brandon Schwinn
Iolanda Danielis, Iolanda Danielis Nutrition
Pablo de Ocampo
Aaron Donovan
Penny Birnam
Alan Chen
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Volunteer
Keely Dennis
Angel Davies
Breen Ouellette
Sarah Brown
Anonymous Employee of a GVFB partner
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Rory Marck, RainCity Housing
Amber Wright
Jason Hsieh
Rachel Castelino
Anonymous Signer
Janessa Warkentin
Donna Dykeman
Erin Arnold
Kombii Nanjalah, Great Lakes Networking Society of BC
Natalie Payer
Stephen Phillips
Chris Sorio, Migrante BC
Stephanie Massot
Fiona York, Carnegie Community Action Project
Derek Sahota
Michael Antoine, Artist
Krystal Vandenberg
Wyatt sf
Ally K
Carol Jerde, COALITION of PROGRESSIVE ELECTORS
Anonymous Signer
Leslie McBain, Moms Stop The Harm
Kevin Millsip
Kimberly Chambers
Eva Trigueros, Coalition of Progressive Electors COPE
Lisa Matthewson
Rachel Lam
Jeannie Lochrir
Anonymous Signer
Ian Johnson
Deb Bailey, Moms Stop the Harm
Negin Khaleghi
Anonymous Retired Food/Poverty Advocate
Paul Browning
Gretchen Dulmage
Andy Fisher, Big Hunger
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Volunteer and User
Charles K
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor, Health Care Worker
Jim Murray
Rachel Wuttunee, City of Vancouver
Jennifer Abele
Hollaye Mcfarlen
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Kate Paterson, Galiano Island Farmers Institute
Michelle Dunphy, BCCH
Olivia Shaffer
Koa Thornhill
Louella Vincent
Jyoti Pumbhak
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Corinne Dahlo
Paul Taylor
Kate Fane
Anonymous Signer
Nicki Kahnamoui
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Volunteer
Derek van Deursen
Tammara Soma, Simon Fraser University
Nicola Ingram
Andrea Bryson
Rachel Victor
Nicole Scott
Yasmin Winsor
Anonymous Signer
Carly Friesen
Urszula Lipsztajn
Bobby Khorasani
Anonymous Signer
Anja Purchase
Lavleen Sahota, South Vancouver Neighbourhood House
Katie German
Vanessa Ling Yu, caterToronto – diverse, dignified, delicious!
Spencer Julien
Laura Castrejon-Violante
Luke Warkentin
Anelyse Weiler
Anonymous Signer
Ellen Woodsworth, Women Transforming Cities
Ambrose Fan
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Signer
Chris Diplock
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Volunteer and Donor
Paul M. Taylor, FoodShare Toronto
Jessica Abells
Anonymous Signer
Mark Johnson, University of British Columbia
Princess Ncube, University of Cape Town
Iris Lopez Ramirez, UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Rod Raglin, South Vancouver Neighbourhood House
Jane Miller
Chandra Raglin, South Vancouver Neighbourhood House
Kristen Liesch, Tidal Equality, Inc.
Madeleine Nattrass
Anonymous Signer
Rosie Sadoquis
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Employee of a GVFB partner
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Volunteer
Janice Kwo, 1987
Anonymous Signer
Ulla Knowles
Lou Boileau, FoodShare Toronto
Lynette Fiddler, retired Social Worker
Page Turner
Anonymous Signer
Vicky Thomas, Cedar Project
Laëtitia Eyssartel
Darcie Sterling
Lyndsey Nelson
Scarlett Nelson
Sam Dharmapala, COPE
Anonymous Signer, Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society
Anne Kennedy
Mira Oreck
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Volunteer
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank User
Anonymous Signer
Renee Greenwell
Allie Lum
Isaac Berry
Peter Burton
Vivian Wong
Jennifer Breau
Vanessa Savage, PHS community services
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Volunteer
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Jose Mendoza, South Vancouver Neighbourhood House
Anonymous Signer
Don Walchuk, CCAP
Kim Henen
Kellie Tennant
Anonymous Signer
Pam Atnikov
Mimi Rennie, South Vancouver Neighbourhood House
Hilary Ison
Marion Hartley, South Vancouver Neighbourhood House, Seniors Hub Council
Barbara Warner, South Vancouver Neighbourhood House
Noel Wilson
Artemis Fire
Jennifer Beavington
Kathy Do, South Vancouver Neighbourhood House
Alanna Mulholland
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Employee of a GVFB partner
Kate Einarson
Anonymous Signer
Victoria Foote, FoodShare Toronto
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Mariana de Oliveira Passos
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Jessica Hannon
Mitchell LeBlanc
Kristen Hyodo, Sasamat Outdoor Centre, Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC
Fiona Lee
Mary-Ann Charney
Krys Yuan
Anonymous Signer
John Clark
Yolanda Abila
Anonymous Employee of a GVFB partner
Cheryl Walker
Danielle Sanders
Anonymous GVFB Volunteer and Employee of a GVFB partner
Elisa Lee
Robert Simons
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Volunteer
Javier Ojer, Marpole Neighbourhood House
Amanda Main
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank User
Sharon Dong, Food for Families
Anonymous Signer
Simon Gau, CityReach Care Society
Tammy Frederickson, Registered Dietitian
Christina Chiu
Jesse Malm
Anonymous Signer, Greater Vancouver Food Bank Employee
Seana Binns
bunny wilder
Tracy Tobin, Anglican Church of Canada
Chad M
Marlece Peterson, Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver
Sandra Pronteau
Andrea Rennie, Monica Place
Anonymous Signer
Rev. Elizabeth Hamel
Allan Williams
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Aaron Miller
Caitlin Beck
Susan Volkmann
David Swan
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Volunteer
Elizabeth Darche
Drina Read, St. Paul’s Anglican Church
Philip Cochrane, St Paul’s Anglican Church (incl Advocacy Office), Vancouver
Frances Roberts
Ramona Chu
Am Johal
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Signer
Richard Baker, Youth and Family Worker
Mary Ann Saunders
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Lauren D
Judy Graves, Retired, City of Vancouver
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Signer
Tim Hegedus
Galina Freed
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Carl Macdonald
Jessica Steele
Anonymous Signer
Vivian Seegers
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Signer
Laurie Duke
Victoria Schmidt
Anonymous Signer
Lucy Price
Emilie Dierking
Timmy Micheaux
Demetrius Schwab
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Anonymous Signer
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Laila Ferreira
Laurel Dykstra, Salal + Cedar Watershed Discipleship Ministry
Anonymous Signer
Lauri Thompson, Tapestry Philanthropy Partners
Ana Maria Bustamante
Anita Romaniuk
Anonymous Signer
Jenny Johnson
Wade Lifton
Anonymous Signer
Justin Cheng
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor and User
Bruce Nelson
Shauna Mokelki
Eleanor Reardon, Tillicum PAC
Cassandra Ly
Brynn Craffey
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Signer
Katie Mogan
Kenneth Newby, Flicker Art Collaboratory
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Mark Robinson
Lesley DiZazzo
Kevan Hudson
Nicole St. Louis
Chris Waddle
Diane Felske
Anonymous Signer
Mackenzie Tarasoff
Lorraine Lalonde
Marjorie Schurman
Cathryn Schultz
romham gallacher, Radical Access Mapping Project
Michael Varma
Anonymous Employee of a GVFB partner
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank User
Anonymous Signer
Katie McCann
Jocelyn Parr
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank User and Donor
Patricia McClung
Ute Warkentin
Sarah Sheridan
John Marsh, St Mary Magdalene’s Anglican Church
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Therese Lulf, retired
Micaela Evans
Marinel Santiago, Marpole Neighbourhood House
Soeine Bac
Lara Maestro, Sulong UBC
Anonymous Employee of a GVFB partner
Anonymous Employee of a GVFB partner
Becca Fiorito, D-YES
Ryan Tristin Chapman
Patrick Condon
Rachael Bullock
Martin Griffiths
Daryl-lee Schalm
Alexandra Emery
Laura Stannard
Jane Hawkins, SFU
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Rachael Bullock, UBC Social Justice Centre
Sarah Rowland
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Saige Patti
Zacharie Lauziere-Fitzgerald
Carolina Glauster
Annelies Tjebbes
Emma Kuntz
Julie Diesta, Vancouver Committee for Domestic Workers and Caregivers
Sam Bradd
Marilynne Jackson
Anonymous Employee of a GVFB partner
Audrey Laferriere
Caterina Rubulotta, SVNH
Rudia Nam
Brianna Locke
Daisy Couture
Anonymous Signer
Gabby Doebeli, UBC Social Justice Centre
Francone Pilote, S.V.N.H.
Max Hiscox
Ryan Stewart, School Trustee and Union Negotiator
Carl Rosenberg
Carson Berry
Roan Vail
Jason Wood
Laura Cuthbert, populous map
Grace Ma
Sandra Vander Schaaf
Sharalyn Jordan, Rainbow Refugee Society
Jennifer Patterson
Anonymous GVFB Volunteer and Employee of a GVFB partner
Bev Wilson
Sophie Reiner
Allison Walters
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank User
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank User and Donor
Heartwood Treatment Centre for Women
Anonymous Signer
Cedar Cottage Food Network
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor and Volunteer
Karl Steinmeier
Colin Angel
Lorne Mallin
Helen Roberts
Omri Haiven, Kiwassa Neighbourhood House
Brenda Birch
Anonymous Signer
Jubilee Briscoe
Jenny To
Charlotte Spring, University of Calgary
Halena Seiferling
Cam Dore, Cedar Creek Tech
Rose Steinmeier
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Peggy Lee
Patricia Fahrni
Jacky Coates
Melanie Matining
Christina Clemente
Nazanin Moghadami, Clinical Counsellor
Debbie Rootman
Randene Hardy
Raihan Hassen
Shyla Seller
Karin Boisclair-Joly
Anonymous Signer
Heidi Archer
Karen Thorpe, Urban Aboriginal Ministry, Listening Post (DTES)
Sam Reeve
Ann Brown
Denise Oleksijczuk, Simon Fraser University
Sandra Currie
Anonymous Signer
Wu Christine
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Volunteer
Isabelle Fortuna, Sulong UBC
Lucy Goncalves
Anonymous Signer
Dana Felske
Sam Tuck
Louise Mangan, Planetary Resilience Council
Shona Lam
Francea Cruise
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Belle Cheung
Nicole Gilley
Megan Kennedy
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Karen Felske
Joel Motiuk
Anonymous Employee of a GVFB partner
Sarah Melo
Sara Lopez, Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture
Gary Dobbin, Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House
Juana Isaak
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor and Volunteer
Tanya Findlater, Little Mountain Neighbourhood House
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank User and Volunteer
Brady Cranfield
Carol Rennie
Jennifer Y
Jennifer Murray, UBC School of Population and Public Health
Suzanne Liddle, Collingwood Neighbourhood House
Harjot Bedi
Anonymous Signer, Eastern Catholic Church Richmond
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank User and Donor
Elsa Berland
Anonymous Employee of a GVFB partner
Shelley Rhoden
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Vesanto Melina, MS, RD
Ericka Stephens-Rennie
Mrs. Carol Fryer
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Signer
John Watson
Anonymous Signer
Austin Neaves
Luke Minaker
Allison Yang
Ishmam Bhuiyan, UBC Social Justice Centre
Ana David, Latinos in Action
Donelda Rose
Anonymous Signer
Zoe Le Good
Letain Cindy
Joey Thall
Jiyoon Ha
Anonymous Signer
Jennifer Reddy
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Signer
Amie Peacock, Beyond the Conversation
Timothy Chi
Anonymous Signer
Meriah Main, SPIRIT
Siobhan Powlowski
Ian Beaty
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor and Employee of a GVFB Partner
Kim Pierrot
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor and Volunteer
Allen Smith, Kitsilano Neighbourhood House
Steve Rogers
Simone Plusa
Theresa Shaw
Karin Kirkpatrick, Family Services of Greater Vancouver
Cissie Fu
Heide Mayne
Allyson Jognson, M2w2 Association
Kate Gibsin
Ileana Costrut
Stacey Hagerty
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Volunteer
James O’Neill
Richard Marcuse, Richard Marcuse Consulting
Anonymous Signer
Ms. Sarah Jane Crossen
Alex Marshall
Eric Lau, South Vancouver Neighbourhood House
Anna Hofmarks, Collingwood Neighbourhood House
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank User
Aileen Long, Gordon Neighbourhood House
Joey Liu, Gordon Neighbourhood House
Kirsten Mendonca, Collingwood Neighbourhood House
Frank Cohn, Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture
Nicola Donaldson
Amanda Bacaleinick, Gordon Neighbourhood House
Anonymous Signer
Suzana Bacaleinick
Anonymous Signer
Katie Corrigan
Ainsley Dinwoodie
Amir Taleghani
Anonymous Signer
Sophia Moulton
Mayra Alvarez, Gordon Neighborhood House
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor and Employee of a GVFB partner
Victor Lam
Maria Michouris
Jessie Bennett
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor and Employee of a GVFB partner
Shannon Boyer
Roberta Kihn
Anonymous Employee of a GVFB partner
Anonymous Signer
Avril Hwang, UBC Social Justice Centre
Tanja Scott
Brenda Harrison
Anonymous Signer
Anna Brisco
Danielle MacDonald
Anonymous Signer
E Rohu
Brianne Stewart
Carolyn Mill, Reid Jamieson Music
Dani Aiello
Parker Hewes
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank User and Donor
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Mrs. Marilyn Olson
Heather Holroyd
Erdene Batzorig
Caroliine Hyde-Smith
Charles McManus
Gabby Korcheva
Samrah Mian
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Jessica Cordeiro
Elizabeth Mcmanus
Anonymous Employee of a GVFB partner
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Signer
Robert Grieve
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Morgan Wheeler
Ingrid Fluevog
Dawson Franks
Ms. Donna Clark
Anonymous Signer
Jane Burkart
Elizabeth Barnes
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Amy Kiara Ruth
Rita Wong, Fight C
Tamiko Suzuki
Thomas Kemple, UBC
Jennifer Hompoth
Tyna McNair
Carman Benoit
Pamela Nesbitt
Sue Cormier
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank User
Irwin Oostindie, Salish Coast LIVE
Anonymous Signer
Sara Ross
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Lily Shinde
Jacquie Stinson
Ryan Bird
Amanda Pedersen
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank User and Employee of a GVFB partner
Valarie Nickel
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor and Employee of a GVFB partner
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Sue Wood
Karen Gram
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor and User
Mr. Ken Jeannotte
Anonymous Signer
Jessica Lam
Julia de Montigny
Carmen Contreras, Mount Pleasant NH
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Signer
Melanie Colenutt, Grandview Baptist Church
Kim Reid, On Rock Community Services
Anonymous Signer
McKenzie Bahrami
Christie Pollock
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Tascha Speck
Rachel Morse
Almira Esmail
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Teresa Ferguson
Abby Rolston
Anonymous Signer
Joy Karney
Bob Prenovost, Association of Neighbourhood Houses BC
Janani Ravikularam
Andy Pham
Mairy Beam
John Conway, Association of Neighbourhood Houses of B.C.
Anonymous Employee of a GVFB partner
Roxanne Cave
Chris Allen
Matt Frame, Frame Forty
Amanda Herron
Nilda Borrino, Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
Melissa Lochhead
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Michelle Hoar
Christine Boyle, City Councillor, City of Vancouver
Jessie Russell
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Derek Townsend
Abigail Herd
Anonymous Signer
Anita Fast
Judy Hanazawa
Jeremiah McKay
Dan Watson, ANHBC
Dr. Jill Chettiar, Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity
Maria Melititskaya, Counsellor, Family Services of the North Shore
Willie Ng, Gordon Neighbourhood House
Carina Soderlund
Bev Bandstra
John Macqueen
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
John Webber
Kathleen Deering, Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity
Anonymous Signer
Shaina Schafers
Melissa Braschel, Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity
Deb Schmitz, Pacific Hepatitis C Network
Kira Yee, Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity
Flo Ranville, Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity
Megan B, CGSHE
Bronwyn McBride, Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity
Marina Khenson
Julia Hendra
Gloria Tsui
Hrvoje Puh
Brenna Bezanson
Janine de la Salle, Urban Food Strategies
Anonymous Signer
Amy
Loida Martinez
Anonymous Signer
Rachel Rosenberg
Crystal Lee
Xianny Ng
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor and Volunteer and an Employee of a GVFB partner
Lynda Goddard
Lana Maree
Yinong Zhao, UBC
Steve Lloyd
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Bryan Green
Matt Schroeter
Barry Morris, Longhouse Council of Native Ministry
Anonymous Signer
Erin Udal, teacher
Sylvia Machat, Saige Community Food Bank
Alana Bodell
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Signer
Ken Pratt
Anonymous Signer
Edwin Guerra Castrejón
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Volunteer
Aaron Lamontagne
Anonymous Signer
Gracelle Mesina
Claire Gram
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Employee
Anonymous Signer
Margaret Erickson, Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity
Lindsay Hills, St. Mary’s Kerrisdale, Anglican Church
Samia Khan
Britta Fluevog
Anonymous Signer
Chloe Sjuberg
Anders Erickson, ACE Geographic Services
Anonymous Signer
Kristen Faulkner
Kiran Kalkat
Emily Rees
Jennifer Scott
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank User
Stephen Von Sychowski, Vancouver and District Labour Council
Mary Loblaw
Erica Thomson, BC-Yukon Association of Drug War Survivors
Richard Campbell, Act Urgently!
Sheila Dunnachie
Meagan Black
Karen Gillespie
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank User and Donor
Patricia Gudlaugson
Anonymous Signer
Robin Bajer, Robin D. Bajer Law Office
Robin Howell-Jones
Anonymous Signer
Anjali Singh
Sebastien Dumas
Lauren Allen
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank User and Volunteer
Anonymous Signer
Mary Jane Tiede, Retired
Scott Musgrave, Liquid Assets Bartending
Anonymous Signer
Ryan Cho
Anonymous Signer
Benjamin Charles
Sandy Bauer, Retired
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Signer
Jay Lau, Capoeira Ache Brasil Academy
Anonymous Signer
David Laing
Sajid Karsan
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank User and Donor
Stacy Friedman
Marilyn Brown
Patrick McGuire
John Brown
Diane Collis
Mairy Beam, Unitarian Church of Vancouver
Marsha Assouline
Vladimir Chindea
Anonymous Signer
Elizabeth Mielke
Ela Esra Gunad
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Volunteer
Anonymous Employee of a GVFB Partner
Joel Oger, WESN
Anonymous Signer
Chelsea Smith
Deborah Smith
Amanda Hansen
Seogae Yoo
Gwyn McIntosh, Family Nurse Practitioner
Anonymous Signer
Denise Galay, Dna Wellness Corp
Chashma Heinze
Anonymous Signer
Anonymous Signer
Roneesha Fitter
Iain Marjoribanks
Stephanii Holmes
Anonymous Signer
Amber Dawn U
Janise Dava
Barbara Reid
Anonymous Signer
Ainsley Jasper
Susan Jasper
Austyn Jasper
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank User
Marcela Crowe
Anonymous Greater Vancouver Food Bank Donor
Bree Gardner
Clare Yow
Joe Bowser
Anonymous Signer