North Shore Mayors’ Golf Tournament Donation

The three North Shore Mayors, Darrell Mussatto, Michael Smith and Richard Walton, present a $50,000 cheque to our Executive Director, Elizabeth Lewis.

We are grateful to have been selected as one of the designated charities at the 2017 North Shore Mayors’ Golf Tournament. Each year the North Shore Community Foundation and West Vancouver Community Foundation donate the first $50,000 raised to a worthwhile North Shore organization. This year, in honour of their 10th annual golf tournament, they selected two charities and donated $100,000! The $50,000 we received for our North Shore Distribution Centre will significantly increase our food redistribution capacity.

THE NORTH VANCOUVER QUEST IS READY TO SERVE!

SPREAD THE WORD: QUEST IS HERE!

20170130_122057
Find us at 167 East 1st Street.  The main entrance is via the laneway.  Tel: 604-566-0110. Operating hours: Monday-Saturday 9AM-4:15PM. 

Great news for our Quest Food Exchange clients and partners, our new Grocery Market location in North Vancouver opened on January 30th!

This is our fifth location and will provide a dignified shopping experience.  Like our other Not-For-Profit Grocery Markets, a variety of fresh, frozen, and non-perishables are available at a significantly reduced cost.

 

What a wrap! For less than $5, Quest offers organic tortillas, a pound of beans, 3 mangoes, 4 cucumbers, potatoes, lettuce, and green onions!
For less than $5, you can pick up organic tortillas, a pound of beans, 3 mangoes, 4 cucumbers, 4 bell peppers, potatoes, lettuce, and green onions!

 

Shopping clients:
Quest staff member, Kelly, assists Quest client Laura, as she picked up more than she may have bargained for!
Quest staff member, Kelly, assists Quest client, Laura, as she picked up more than what she may have bargained for!

If you are an individual or family member on income assistance, are underemployed, receiving a pension, or qualify as low-income, we are here to help. The process of becoming a Quest client is simple:

  1. Approach your caseworker, school counsellor, medical clinic, community resource, or one of Quest’s partnered agencies and ask them to complete a Client Referral Form on your behalf.
  2. You may then attend our market location, present identification and obtain your card, which is valid for three years. You may also shop at any of our grocery markets.

Not sure if you qualify or have any questions? Contact 604-602-0186 Ext: 109.

 

Community Resource Partners:
Sue Irwin and Catherine Janusz of 'the North Shore Community Resources Society' were on site to find what Quest has to offer. Mission accomplished! The NSCR partners with over 600 agencies in North Vancouver!
Sue Irwin and Christine Mann of ‘the North Shore Community Resources Society‘ were on site to find what Quest has to offer. Mission accomplished! The NSCR partners with over 600 agencies in North Vancouver and can assist you in obtaining a letter of referral !

Empower your clients with a dignified and affordable means of accessing food. Operating since 1989, Quest helps thousands of individuals each month in providing for themselves and their families across the lower mainland:

“Quest’s model allows dignified access to a variety of affordable, healthy foods to individuals facing food security challenges. Quest has successfully operated and grown in a number of other Lower Mainland communities for years. North Shore agencies have been referring clients to Quest in East Vancouver for several years now, and a centre on the North Shore makes good sense

     -Lynne Henshaw, North Shore Homelessness Taskforce. 

To schedule a tour or learn more about Quest, please email ssugrim@questoutreach.org or call  604-602-0186 Ext: 109

Donors, sponsors, and volunteers:

If you are a food provider or community development organization that is interested in supporting Quest, contact our Marketing Supervisor at 604-999-2247 and learn how we can help you to support the community and of the benefits to your organization. Your support means so much to many like Allison:

North Vancouver Grocery Market Opening Early 2017!

 

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.

 

UPDATE:  Due to construction challenges we are looking to open in early 2017.

As Quest Food Exchange continues to extend its reach in the Lower Mainland and beyond, the partnerships created with local community social services and food suppliers are essential to our ability to redistribute food to individuals who face food security challenges.

Are you a social service agency in the North Vancouver area? Are you an individual living in North Vancouver and in of need help accessing affordable, healthy food? For more information on Quest Food Exchange programs and services, please contact our Programs Specialist at 604.602.0186, extension 109, or email socialservices@questoutreach.org.

Are you a food producer, wholesaler, distributor, or retailer in the North Vancouver area and want to help? For more information on food donation partnerships, please contact our Community Outreach Specialist at 778.877.9847, or email lhozaima@questoutreach.org.

For media inquiries, please contact our Community Relations Coordinator at 604.602.0186, extension 104, or email cleitner@questoutreach.org.

Universtity of British Columbia Circle K International Members Volunteer at Quest

On two separate Saturdays recently, members of Circle K International at UBC took time out of their busy schedule to volunteer at Quest. Here is what two of them had to say about their experience:

On the morning of October 12th, 10 of the Circle K International members from UBC arrived early at Quest. The long bus ride left the volunteers excited to discover what the day had in store for us. When we arrived, we were pleasantly surprised to be greeted by Merle, one of the wittiest and friendliest volunteers.

We went straight into work – repackaging candy to be sold for Halloween season. We were all astounded to see the sheer quantity of food that would have gone to waste without Quest. The day went by fast, with productive volunteers and continuous happy conversations around the room. We ended the day with large cartons of wrapped goods and a group of proud faces.

The work itself was not taxing at all, but so crucial in the process of what Quest does as an organization. Looking back, the few hours we spent there really showed me how crucial volunteering is in the cycle of a non-profit organization. It is because of these volunteers who come to Quest daily, weekly and even monthly that they are able to sell affordable consumable goods to those in need. All of us were so grateful for being able to serve in an organization for the community. We are looking forward to our next session at the end of November, and will continue to spread the inspirational work and goals of Quest.

Finally, to all those who are reading this now, if my lack of articulation has not convinced you to spend a few hours of your time at Quest, then perhaps you should just give it a try and tell us how it goes! You are guaranteed to meet amazing volunteers like Merle, learn more about the local community, contribute to a great organization and have a much better perspective on reality.

I know I did.

Written by Cheng Yee Seah


I am back! Once again I was given the wonderful opportunity to help out at Quest food exchange. What started with a simple email turned into something that I look forward to doing every month. On November 30th along with two other students also from UBC Circle K International I headed down to 2020 Dundas steet.

Walking into the packaging room of the non-profit grocery market is always an exciting experience and full of surprises. It is unexpected what you will be doing that day, you don’t know if you would be cleaning up fish heads or repackaging bread. The first time we headed down we repackaged candy, this time we reorganized fruit bars.

The thought of packaging food may sound tedious and extremely boring and trust me, as a university student I 100% understand boring, but let me reassure you, volunteering at Quest is extremely refreshing and entertaining especially since you get the opportunity to work with other eager individuals. The work you do at Quest may appear minimal but is so beneficial on the grand scheme.  In the spirit of Christmas we sang Christmas carols and in a blink of an eye, the time was up and we had to leave. Volunteering at Quest is not a chore or agonizing instead I find it to be extremely relaxing and educational.

One of the main reasons I enjoy going to Quest Food exchange is the passion. Of course I enjoy volunteer work, and as a volunteer club at UBC, CKI is always looking for new opportunities to help out around the community, however Quest food exchange has the special twinkle. Maybe it is the spirit of Christmas and exam stress that is getting to my head, but I feel that Quest has a positive aura that appears to emphasize that everything will be all right and regardless of any situation, don’t give up.  The optimistic atmosphere at Quest is so inspirational and rejuvenating-no wonder I keep coming back!

Written by Flora Zhu

Thank you Circle K International UBC!

Quest’s Partnership Appreciation Event 2011

As we’ve talked about previously, Quest has been fortunate enough to be able to collaborate with Growing Chefs, an amazing not-for-profit aimed at educating children on gardening, cooking, and healthy eating. The partnership between our two organizations seemed to be a natural fit.

On October 13th, 2011, we invited our food vendor and social service agency partners, as well as other stakeholders in the community, to our 2020 Dundas location for our annual Partnership Appreciation event. Last year, we held an Iron Chef competition, but this year, we went with a little bit of a different approach.

For this year’s event, we added an educational component with the help of Growing Chefs. We invited several families who shop at Quest to participate in a workshop on shopping for and cooking with healthy ingredients. Executive Director of Growing Chefs Helen Stortini and her volunteer chefs developed three recipes for this demonstration, based on food we typically stock in our grocery markets. A dietitian from At the Table Nutrition, Colleen McGuire, provided an in-depth nutritional analysis for each of the recipes.

After the participants took a tour of our grocery market with the chefs and dietitian, the workshop was ready to begin. We had set up three stations in our downstairs space; each chef (Helen, Alexander, and Tanya) was designated to a station. Armed with a hot plate and some other basic utensils, the chefs and the families whipped up a salad, a vegetarian entrée, and a dessert option, using local and organic ingredients where possible. Once they were finished, they trooped upstairs to where the other guests were mingling and presented their creations to the crowd. The families were asked about their favourite parts of the workshops. One of the participants, Carlos, age 10, had never tried vegetarian chili before, and loved the version the chefs made that day.

Other features of the event were a video about Quest, and speeches by some of our partners who continue to be very involved with our organization. Speakers included Sue Ross from YVR Airport Authority, Chris Porte from Youth Spot Employment Centre, Jean Robertson from Natural Factors, and Gord Alteman, Vice-President of Quest’s Board of Directors.

We had nothing but positive feedback on the event from both workshop participants and stakeholders. We’d like to thank our event planner, Kristy Masaro, for her help in organizing the logistics of the event, and Bread Garden Catering for providing the delicious hor d’oeuvres.

We hope to provide more workshops such as this in the near future, with the continued assistance and guidance of Growing Chefs.