Weekly Grocery Hamper Delivery Program
Every Thursday, the NPNA puts together free, weekly grocery hampers that go out to about 80 households per week, representing about 150 individuals. Most hamper recipients live or work in and around the North Park neighbourhood. The hampers are made up of produce, bread, dairy, some non-perishable items and eggs. These are sorted by an amazingly efficient group of volunteers on Thursdays. We couldn’t do this program without these wonderful, dedicated volunteers!
How to sign up for a grocery hamper
To be eligible for a hamper, recipients must live, work, or spend time in the North Park neighbourhood. Recipients are asked to pick up their hamper between 11:30am-12:00pm at First Met Church (932 Balmoral)
For food security initiatives throughout the region, please see here.
If you or someone you know would benefit from receiving a weekly grocery hamper, please send an email to Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information.
|dietary restrictions / preferences (gluten free, halal, vegan, etc)|
|Permission to add you to the NPNA newsletter mailing list: yes/no|
The hamper program began in April 2020, with some community fundraising by North Park Bicycle Shop and donations from Cobb’s Bakery the Mustard Seed. Since September 2020 we have been operating the grocery hamper program out of the Community Hall at First Met Church. We’re very grateful to First Met Church for your generosity both in the donation of space, as well as the produce, and treats donated by congregation members and the Evolving Church group. The grocery hamper relies on both donated items as well as staples purchased with grant funding. The grocery hamper program thanks Cobb’ Bakery for weekly bread donations and the Foodshare Network for produce and non perishables. At the moment, the program is funded until June 2022 with a grant from Second Harvest and Community Foundations of Canada. We are also grateful for funding from the City of Victoria (COVID-19 Strategic Plan Grant, August 2020 – August 2021) and the Canadian Red Cross (July – December 2020).
Thank you to Peter Chalmers, Communications Co-Op Student at First Met Church for making this video about the NPNA’s grocery hamper program!