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 community resource  partners who refer their clients. Our environmentally conscious food redistribution program includes delivery trucks, distribution centres and not-for-profit grocery markets to ensure the quality surplus food we recover is allocated 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 works closely with community resource partners 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.

What’s New

  • Quest’s fifth grocery market opens on the North Shore!
  • New Video added! Click here.
  • Offical press release: WalMart Foundation donates $100,000 USD to Quest Food Exchange.
  • Quest Food Exchange nominated for BCFPA Sustainability Award – check out the video here.
  • New video in our gallery entitled “Cassandra’s Story”, click here to watch.

From the blog

  • Easter Weekend Holiday Hours

    Please note that all five of our not-for-profit grocery markets will be CLOSED on Friday, March 30th all day. The grocery markets will be open regular business hours on Saturday, March 31st and Monday, April 2nd.

    Locations and hours can be found here.



  • 2017: The Impact of our Partnership

    2017: The Impact of Our Partnership

    • 245,105 client visits registered at Quest’s Not-for-Profit Grocery Markets
    • Over $8,273,000 in food donations received from tremendously supportive food suppliers
    • Approximately 933 tonnes of quality surplus food and products were diverted from landfill sites
    • 250 school children in five inner city schools in the Lower Mainland were provided with healthy snacks during the school year
    • Approximately 46 tonnes of greenhouse gas equivalents prevented from entering our atmosphere
    • Volunteers generously donated over 10,544 hours to Quest operations
    • 1077 families enjoyed a

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  • Holiday Hamper Drive

    The YVR Holiday Hamper Drive is underway! This is the 7th annual hamper drive with proceeds going directly Quest clients.

    Check out the list of items to be included in the hampers and then drop it off at YVR on Thursday December 7th, 2017 between 11am and 3pm at The Spirit of Haida Gwaii: The Jade Canoe (International Departures). For more information visit www.yvr.ca/hamperdrive

    Thank you for your support and helping us to provide hampers for families this holiday season!


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