Last week, Quest Food Exchange opened their signature low-cost grocery market in the Union Gospel Mission (UGM) building on Hastings Street in Vancouver.
Quest Food Exchange is British Columbia’s largest not-for-profit food exchange program. They offer a choice of affordable, healthy food to low-income individuals. With the assistance of food vendors, social service agencies, and other stakeholders, Quest has fine-tuned their social enterprise model to become a hub of food redistribution in the Lower Mainland.
We launched a partnership with Quest earlier this year, with a number of our partners following suit, including HMS Host, Hudson Group, Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel, and Paradies Shops. It has been great to see the YVR community recognize the mutual benefits of supporting this dedicated non-profit society in reducing hunger and providing a dignified alternative for its clients while reducing waste at YVR.
The store was officially opened with a ribbon cutting from the Honourable Stephanie Cadieux, Minister of Labour, Citizens’ Services and Open Government and Andrea Reimer, Vancouver City Councillor, along with Quest Food Exchange President Peter Brasso, UGM President Bill Mollard, Quest Board members, staff, volunteers and clients. Corporate supporters also attended the celebration including ourselves and HMS Host. Guests were invited to assist with unloading a delivery truck of fresh produce and food items to stock the shelves of the new store.
Quest continues to build partnerships with the airport community. If your organization is interested in finding out how you can help, contact Quest at www.questoutreach.org.