Quest Food Exchange: Food Programs to Reduce Hunger with Dignity

Quest Food Exchange is a not-for-profit organization that offers accessibility to a variety of affordable and healthy foods for low income and marginalized individuals.  Serving the communities of East Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, Quest operates four not for profit grocery markets, offering a full range of food and other products for a fraction of the retail cost. In collaboration with food suppliers who donate their surplus food, and over 500 social service agency partners who refer their clients, Quest’s social enterprise model is predominantly a food redistribution hub.

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

  • 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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  • Become part of the Giving Tuesday Movement on December 1st!

    After Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday comes GIVING TUESDAY!

    Giving Tuesday is a growing movement for giving and volunteering around the world, across Canada and in our own community. Just as Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season, Giving Tuesday is the opening day of the giving season. This year it falls on Tuesday, December 1.

    In Canada, Giving Tuesday is an initiative of CanadaHelps and The GIV3 Foundation, and a

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  • A Special Thank You

    As my time is winding down at Quest, I was asked to write a blog entry on my time at Quest. It’s been more of a challenge then I first thought it would be…

    I want to thank Patty for training me as the Repack supervisor. Her spirit will always stick with me. I want to thank the people in the store for all the help they gave me especially at the beginning. Jeff and Cody for showing such patience

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  • Get to Know a Volunteer – Amy Farahbakhsh

    Quest is heavily indebted to the work of all of its volunteers. From 2012 to 2014, Amy Farahbakhsh – a master’s student at UBC focusing on the topic of food recovery – was one of our key volunteer contributors.

    An Ontario transplant, Amy originally worked at the front desk doing everything from processing referrals to helping with the newsletter to training new volunteers. But over the course of her 24 months with Quest, she transitioned to working in the distribution

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