Quest Food Exchange: Redistributing Quality Surplus Food to Reduce Hunger with Dignity

Quest Food Exchange is a not-for-profit organization that provides dignified access to a variety of affordable and healthy foods to individuals facing food security challenges in British Columbia.  Our primary objectives are to reduce hunger with dignity, build community and foster sustainability. Not open to the general public, Quest Food Exchange works in collaboration with food suppliers who donate their surplus food, and social service agency partners who refer their clients. Our environmentally conscious food redistribution program includes delivery trucks, a distribution centre, and not-for-profit grocery markets to ensure the quality surplus food we recover is reallocated efficiently to those who need it. Clients are empowered to choose what suits their needs in our friendly, safe and welcoming grocery market environment.

To Access Food


Are you a person or charitable organization in the Lower Mainland looking for access to affordable food? Quest Food Exchange currently partners with over 500 social service agencies to ensure that individuals and families can have a dignified shopping experience full of healthy and affordable choices in their quest for a nutritious meal.

Find out more information on accessing food.

 Download Client Referral Form

What’s New

  • New video in our gallery entitled “Cassandra’s Story”, click here to watch.
  • Our website has a new look! Please report any website problems/issues to jennego[at]gmail.com.
  • Fall 2015 newsletter (PDF) in the downloads section.

From the blog

  • Quest Welcomes The Wesley Foundation From Louisiana Tech University

    Ruston, Louisiana isn’t exactly close to the city of Vancouver, British Columbia. Separated by 3,974 km, one country, and nine states, it would take 37 hours of continuous driving to travel from one place to the other. An impressive journey, so you can imagine how excited we were to welcome The Wesley Foundation, all the way from the South Eastern State of Louisiana, to our Dundas Street location in Vancouver this week!

    Here’s what they had to say about their

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  • North Vancouver Grocery Market Opening Fall 2016!


    Quest Food Exchange is pleased to announce the upcoming addition of a fifth Not-For-Profit Grocery Market in the Lower Lonsdale area of North Vancouver! Construction has just begun on the space (as you can see from the short video above), so stay tuned to all of our social media channels for frequent updates. Due to construction challenges we are looking to open by the Fall of 2016.

    As Quest Food Exchange continues to extend its reach in the Lower Mainland

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  • A Student Perspective


    A trio of Simon Fraser University students studying French stopped by the Quest Food Exchange to volunteer in our food repackaging centre. Currently working on a class project exploring what the term “diversity” means, these SFU students gained a new perspective:

    “After volunteering at and learning about Quest, we were amazed that one organization can target so many needs and help such a diverse demographic. For taking such a small amount of time out of our day, we were able

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  • 5th Annual YVR Holiday Hamper Drive on December 8th

    As Quest Food Exchange’s Official Transportation Sponsor, The Vancouver International Airport (YVR) assists with the collection and distribution of surplus foods and goods, generously providing three refrigerated trucks to the organization over the past few years.  Additionally, YVR supports Quest and its clients every December with the YVR Holiday Hamper Drive.

    YVR is hosting its 5th annual Holiday Hamper Drive for Quest Food Exchange on December 8th. Each year YVR encourages the Sea Island community (home to over

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