At Quest Food Exchange in fiscal 2015, there were:
- $8,701,058 in food and products donated
- 870,105 lbs of quality food & products rescued
- 620,000 lbs of carbon emissions prevented from entering the earth’s atmosphere
- 37,112 L of water, 24 trees and 5,835 kwh were saved
- 506 partnering social service agencies referring clients
- 192 partnering food suppliers providing food and household items
- 250 inner-city school children were provided with healthy snacks weekly (including to take home for the weekend) in five Lower Mainland schools.
- 215,972 shopping trips by clients to Quest’s four not-for-profit grocery markets
- 27,104 volunteer hours generously donated to Quest’s operations by over 1900 amazing individuals
- Less than 45 paid employees
In the Lower Mainland and BC:
- The Lower Mainland has the second highest poverty rate in Canada
- 8.8 per cent of Canada’s population, or 2.7 million people, will experience food insecurity at some point during the year. – Hunger Count 2009 Report.
- The poverty rate in BC among children in families where 1 or both parents worked fulltime, year round, was the highest in the country at 10.1% compared to 7.3% for Canada as a whole.
- According to Stats Canada the increase in welfare caseloads for December 2009 in BC was 33.2%, the highest in the nation.
- A family of four on income assistance would need more than 100% of their income for shelter and food only. – Cost of Eating Report 2010.
- Food and shelter costs have increased significantly over the past decade, while income assistance rates have remained virtually unchanged and minimum wage has not increased.
- In October 2009 BC’s unemployment rate was 8.3%, the highest it has been since September 2003. – BC Stats and Data Services
- 77% of grocery or corner stores located in the Downtown Eastside do not offer fresh produce.