Let’s show our concern for community!

  25 March 2020

CHF BC makes food bank donation on behalf of members

Housing co-ops are resilient communities.  Their members believe in the values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.  Today we are calling on housing co-ops in BC to respond in these challenging times by turning the co-op principle of Concern for Community into action.

We know that many co-op communities are feeling the stress of job loss and income disruption.  CHF BC is connecting co-ops to the resources and advice they need to navigate these turbulent times.   We also know that many people in the broader community are suffering even more.  They don’t have a safe place to call home, and they rely on food banks to put food in the fridge and meals on the table.  The Greater Vancouver Food Bank alone serves up to 9,000 people each week and distributes almost 5 million pounds of food each year.  The Food Bank reports that 25% of its clients are children and youth, and 22% are seniors.  While these are serious challenges, we can only assume that these numbers will grow to even more disturbing levels during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today CHF BC is contributing $1,500 to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank  and the Mustard Seed Food BankOur partners at CHF Canada are also making a generous donation to Food Banks Canada, and we are grateful for their leadership and solidarity.

We know that leaders in co-op communities everywhere are finding ways to show their concern for community while dealing with the challenge of COVID-19.  Please share your stories with us and tell us how we can work together for the greater good.

Thank you for everything you do to make our communities stronger.

Please note: if your co-op is looking for guidance during this time, please check out our COVID-19 Pandemic Advice pages.