Contact the Food Program Coordinator: Blain Butyniec

Our programs provide the tools and knowledge to build food security in our neighbourhood and community. We offer diverse and multicultural community kitchens along with workshops on gardening, cooking, and preserving. We work with our community partners to host food banks and redistribute rescued food. Our in-house kitchen provides free and low-cost, nutritious meals and snacks, caters meetings and events, and provides opportunities for students and volunteers to engage with others while learning or sharing skills.

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Community Food Market

Wednesdays | 2-4 p.m. in January & February

An image of the market poster, with a blue background and white line drawings of vegetables, with event details

Every Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. in January & February, Kiwassa hosts a community food market at Pandora Park (Franklin and Nanaimo). The not-for-profit produce market offers fresh fruits and vegetables for sale at affordable prices.

In association with Community Food Centres Canada’s “Market Greens” program, we are excited to also be able to offer subsidies for those that qualify. If someone in your household is managing a chronic, diet-related health condition (diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.) you may be eligible. Now accepting referrals!

In partnership with Pandora Park field house residents Vines Art Festival, we look forward to also presenting a monthly market featuring additional vendors and performances.

Affordable produce and safe social space. Lettuce beet COVID-19!

If you qualify for the subsidy, please have your health care provider complete this referral form. Email, fax, or drop off your completed form and we will follow up to complete the intake. If you have difficulty accessing a health care provider, contact us, we may be able to accept alternate forms of documentation.

Volunteers and market-goers gather under blue tents at Pandora Park

COVID-19 Emergency Food Response

Shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic was declared a public health emergency Kiwassa began operating a temporary, emergency food hamper, home delivery program. Through this weekly service our team of volunteers pack and deliver food hampers full of fresh produce, non-perishables, and other items such as meat, milk, and eggs.

This service is primarily available to low income residents in the Hastings Sunrise neighbourhood and surrounding area who are experiencing food insecurity. Priority is given to seniors and those with compromised immune systems or who are chronically ill as well as newcomers, Indigenous, single parents/caregivers, low income individuals and families, those experiencing homelessness, and under/unemployed residing in the neighbourhood.

Call our front desk to register!
604.254.5401 | Space is limited.

For other emergency food supports across the city please visit the City of Vancouver website, and scroll down to the “Access Free and Low Cost Food” button.

This program has been made possible thanks to the generous support of:

Community Food Centres Canada’s “Good Food Access Fund” and the Government of Canada | The United Way of the Lower Mainland | Food Banks BC | Bosa Family Foundation | Breakfast Clubs of Canada | Greater Vancouver Food Bank

With additional in-kind support from:

HandyDART | Tayybeh: A Celebration of Syrian Cuisine | Vancouver Soup Company | Giustra Foundation, Savoury Chef, and Food Runners | Instant Imprints | Hudson Pacific Properties | | Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks | Vancouver Foundation

To all the volunteers who bake the treats, pack the produce, and deliver the hampers, THANK YOU!!!


In addition to gardening workshops we facilitate for participants of our children’s program and daycare, we are working towards creating new gardening space in the Hastings Sunrise neighbourhood.

The Vancouver Urban Food Forest (VUFF), a project hosted by Kiwassa Neighbourhood House in partnership with several other community organizations, is projected to roll out in a local park Spring 2021.

VUFF began as an effort to promote social well-being, ecology, and food security during the current COVID-19 pandemic, but with the help of committed residents of the Hastings Sunrise community it has become much more.

The VUFF emphasizes communal gardening, inter-generational knowledge transmission and cultural diversity that will empower community members to self-advocate and move towards their tangible visions of a better neighbourhood.

For more info, please contact | 604.254.5401 ext. 253

Food Skills Workshops

We are working on a winter series of workshops aimed at helping you to boost your immunity and maintain good health.

Spice things up with some hotter than hot hot sauce, transform vinegar into fire cider, and learn some new nutritious recipes to get you through the nights that are longer than days.

Workshops will be streamed online, with limited in person attendance, dependent on current health regulations.

Have a healthy meal or recipe you’d like to share? If you have an idea for a workshop that you’d like to present that fits this theme, let us know.

For more info, please contact | 604.254.5401 ext 253

Food Rescue

We work with a number of local businesses that donate nearly expired or extra produce. We distribute the donations to four partner agencies and to food banks. This keeps food out of landfills allows our budget to stretch further so we can feed more people in the community.

Food Bank (Saige)

Everyone Welcome – No Barriers




Fresh Produce & Baked Goods

Currently modified to food hamper delivery service.

For more information, visit their website: 

Help Saige Food Bank purchase a new van

Saige Food Bank on Facebook

Seniors Lunch

This program is temporarily on hold due to COVID-19. Outdoor physically-distanced lunches will return in the spring!

Breakfast Club

For Tillicum students and staff, their caregivers and children in the neighbourhood

This program is temporarily on hold due to COVID-19.

Catering & Social Enterprise

This program is temporarily on hold due to COVID-19.

Community Kitchens

This program is temporarily on hold due to COVID-19.

Kiwassa Neighbourhood House has a team of staff that bring an eclectic range of education, professional training and experience to the work of Kiwassa, as well as passion, ideas and energy.

Meet our Team