Community Food Programs
Funding for the FGCA’s food programs is provided through the Government of Canada, Province of BC, and City of Victoria. We gratefully acknowledge the support of our funders, partners, and donors including the Mustard Seed, ColdStar Solutions, and Gatton House Farms.
Indoor Community Freezer
Anybody can take what they need.
Free, in the foyer at 1330 Fairfield Road, open during centre hours.
We offer a changing selection of rescued, frozen foods including frozen fruits & veggies, meat, prepared foods, or leftovers from our other food support services. Rescued food is all perfectly good food that has been donated because it is close to expiry, overstocked, mislabeled or has damaged packaging. We are unable to accept donations from individual community members due to food safety.
Outdoor Food Pantry
Anybody can take what they need, and/or drop off food*
Free, open 24/7 at 1330 Fairfield Road.
*Please note this is only for non-perishable foods and hygiene items. Please no clothing or opened, perishable, or expired foods. Thank you!
In December 2020, a local resident, helped by her neighbours, installed this pantry based on the same format as the little book libraries.
Commonly Needed Items:
- canned or dried beans and lentils
- brown rice
- whole grain and gluten-free pasta
- cooking oils: olive, canola, avocado
- baking ingredients: flour (regular and gluten-free), sugar, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla
- peanut butter
- canned fish
- tomato paste
Thursday Market Shop
Free, in the foyer at 1330 Fairfield Road. Thursdays from 5-6 pm, while supplies last.
Bring your reusable shopping bags and shop from a variety of rescued foods including fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy, non-perishables, and frozen foods. No registration required, food is available from 5-6 pm every Thursday while supplies last.
Tuesday Neighbourhood Pantry (by registration only, program is currently full)
We offer quality rescued food to community members in a safe and welcoming environment.
What is it? Each Tuesday, individuals and families can “shop” rescued food for free including fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy, frozen healthy food, dry food, and more. Food offered varies each week. Homemade meals and treats (cooked with the same rescued food by volunteers) may also be available.
Who can access this service? We prioritize people who self-identify as food-insecure. If you don’t have access in terms of quantity and quality to a healthy, consistent and culturally-appropriate diet, you are eligible. No questions asked. Individuals of all ages, along with families, are eligible. Whether you simply need to eat more fruits and vegetables, more proteins, if you have to skip some meals or if you go to bed hungry, you are eligible.
I cannot physically come to the center, can I benefit from it anyway? Yes, our volunteers offer home delivery service to Fairfield and Gonzales neighbourhoods.
Contact us if you are eligible, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-382-4604
Please click here to review our COVID-19 safety information. Refer to COVID-19 Safety Plan for Community Development Programs for specific information.
Rescued food cooking sessions
A small group of volunteers are cooking food leftovers every Tuesday. Together they rescue food available at the center and cook them into yummy meals and desserts. For now, their production is offered only to the Tuesday Pantry program participants, although there might be a few meals offered in the Indoor Community Freezer. Their purpose is also to raise awareness about food waste and give community members the knowledge and tools to decrease household food waste.
To provide information about allergies and food intolerances, below are published the recipes corresponding to the available food:
Information and Resources
Half of the food produced in Canada is wasted, while 1 in 7 Canadians cannot afford enough food for their families or themselves. In the CRD, an estimated 50,000 people are considered food-insecure*, and 30,000 people don’t currently access food services. We consider this phenomenon “hidden hunger”. In a wealthy country like Canada, this is not only a matter of social justice, it should just not happen at all. And there is something we are doing about it. We believe solving hunger relies on secure, safe, varied and adapted food access. We believe that food should be primarily healthy and local. In light of this information, our Neighbourhood Association runs diverse food programs and is becoming a real Food Hub, hence its name: Fairfield Gonzales Neighbourhood Pantry.
*Individuals and families who identify as food insecure don’t have access in terms of quantity and quality to a healthy, consistent and culturally-appropriate diet.
Other community food resources: Food Services in the Capital Region