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Donate Food to Quest Non-Profit Grocery Markets

Become a Quest Food Donor

By bridging the gap between food banks and traditional grocery stores, Quest provides a grocery experience based on principles of dignity, access, and sustainability.

Quest believes in a grocery model that supports communities facing economic barriers. A leader in redistribution, we work to actively redirect healthy, good food that would otherwise end up in the landfill.

We are looking to build partnerships in our communities and hope you will consider donating:

  •  Short dated, pushed back or overstocked products such as, but not limited to: dry goods, frozen foods, dairy items, meat and fish products, produce, cooking oil, rice, grains, baby food, formulas, and canned goods.
  • Through our repack department, with help from our gracious volunteers, we can take large food product packages and rework them into smaller retail packs that are affordable for our clients.
     A tax receipt is issued within 30 days of arrival at our Distribution Center and when the donated product invoice accompanies the shipment.

Almost all of Quest’s food is donated by local food partners from across British Columbia and delivered across our five Lower Mainland markets at reduced cost to our client communities. Donations are shipped to our Markets and onto our clients’ tables within two days of receiving them at our Distribution Centre.

With donations from partners like you, we are able to provide access to affordable food to approximately 4,000 clients each week across our five grocery markets located in Burnaby, Surrey, North Vancouver, East Vancouver, and the Downtown Eastside.

To learn more and donate food please email: Janice Martin, Director of Food Logistics for information and partnership opportunities.

Quest Food Standards

Despite our model and others like it operating across British Columbia, thousands of pounds of good, nutritional food still goes to waste simply because it is part of a surplus that cannot be sold or because it is oddly sized, blemished, or nearing its best-before-date. The Best-Before-Date is when the quality of the food is no longer optimum but is still safe to eat and enjoy. Often it means the food might not be as fresh , taste or smell the same, or contain as many nutrients as the day it was first packaged.

Quest follows the “Durable Life Information on Food Products” fact sheet and the “Acts and Regulations” administered by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for all food that is handled through Quest Outreach Society. We also reference Food Safe Guidelines from resources such as “The Health Canada model for Food Safety in Food Banks”.

Household & Garden Donation Policy

Thank you for your interest in making a food donation to Quest!  Quest’s food policy is restricted to food recovery from industry food suppliers and excludes acceptance of food donations from individual households and local gardeners. Quest is accountable to Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) rules. We must be able to trace where our food comes from and produce documentation regarding what herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers were used to grow it.

If you are an individual or a group of compassionate gardeners wishing to support Quest and impact communities who identify as food insecure, please consider making a financial donation today.

Markets Opening Hours and Locations

East Vancouver Market: 2020 Dundas Street
V5L 1J4

Tel: 604-602-0186
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday: 9am-5:45pm
Saturday: 9am-3:45pm
Sunday & Holidays: Closed

Vancouver Hastings Market: 637 E. Hastings
V6A 1R3 

Tel: 604-253-2078
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday: 9am-4pm
Sunday & Holidays: Closed

Surrey Market: 13890 104 Avenue
V3T 1X2

Tel: 604-588-3476
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday: 9am-5:45pm
Saturday: 9am-3:45pm
Sundays: 12pm-4pm
Holidays: Closed

Burnaby Market: 7753 6th Street
V3L 3C8

Tel: 604-553-0636
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday: 9am-5:45pm
Saturday: 9 am-3:45pm
Sunday: 11am-3pm
Holidays: Closed

North Vancouver Market: (Lolo Lane entrance) 167 1st Street East
V7L 1B2

Tel: 604-566-0110
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday: 9am-5:45pm
Saturday: 9am-3:45pm
Sunday & Holidays: Closed

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Get in touch and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. We look forward to hearing from you!