Victoria & Area Resources for Emergency Food
This page is intended to be a resource for people who need assistance acquiring food. If you are interested in purchasing locally-grown/produced food and/or are interested in food security issuies, please see the “Resources for Locally Produced Food” page in our resources section.
Please see the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness Website for a regularly updated list of Community Meals and Food Banks
Anawim Companion Society
973 Caledonia St
Serves food Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat: 10am-5pm, Wed & Fri: 10am-8pm. For dinner, sign in by 2pm and be at the house by 4pm. Also provides laundry and showers Mon-Fri 10am-3pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm.
Burnside Gorge Community Association
471 Cecelia Rd
Provides parent and child drop in programs, a free weekly family dinner, access to a resource room with food and clothing. Support services include school and community based counselling for families who struggle with parenting (including C'Nex, designed to assist families whose children have been or may be taken into care), financial crisis and homelessness, and other barriers to meeting children's needs. Outreach services to vulnerable youth includes a program for youth transitioning from Government care to independence. Our child care programs offer Preschool, out-of-school care, winter, spring and summer day camps. The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program works with families for up to three years to increase their employment and financial skills and build savings.
Food Not Bombs
250-383-5144 ext. 1940
Free vegan meal Sundays at 3:30pm. Call for location
Goldstream/Westshore Food Bank
761 Station Ave. (basement)
Provides Westshore residents with food hampers.
Mustard Seed Street Church
Free meals, food hampers and a clothing room as well as a free hairdresser and Sunday Service. All the free meals except our Family Dinners, clothing room except for emergencies, hairdresser except for our hamper recipients (with some exceptions) have been suspended since Nov. Some, if not all, will be reinstated in the near future.
Our Place is a unique inner-city community centre serving Greater Victoria’s most vulnerable: working poor, impoverished elderly, mentally and physically challenged, addicted and the homeless. Individuals and businesses provide the majority of financial support for its programs and services. Our Place provides over 1,600 free hot meals per day, hot showers, education, job skills, free clothing, counseling and outreach services, plus 45 transitional housing units. Most importantly, it provides a sense of hope and belonging to our neighbours in need.
Quadra Village Community Centre
901 Kings Rd
Family and parenting groups and support, free clothing and small housewares, toy lending library for program participants, assistance with food access and a community hot lunch Thursdays for $3.
Saanich Neighbourhood Place
3100 Tillicum Rd (Pearkes Recreation Centre)
Offers a clothing exchange, emergency food cupboard, resource library, parenting programs, pre-and-post-natal programs and family drop-in time and activities.
St Andrew's Presbyterian Church
680 Courtney Street
Free Breakfast second Saturday of each month
Saint Vincent De Paul Social Concern
828 View St
Offers assistance with meals, food hampers, clothing, household goods, and advocacy. On income assistance cheque week, there is no meal service. Also has a home visit week during which time volunteers bring food vouchers and other assistance to those living on low incomes. Call 250-382-0712 for more information.
2695 Quadra (250-386-8521) – community office
595 Johnson (250-384-3396)—downtown location.
Offers assistance with meals, food hampers, clothing and household goods, employment services, housing referrals, counseling, advocacy, emergency shelter (men only), emergency travel vouchers and bus tickets, and chapel services.
Sandy Merriman House
809 Burdett St
Shelter for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Offers drop- in lunch and hygiene services, counseling and access to health care. This site is not suitable for children.
Sooke Food Bank
2037 Shields Rd, Sooke (Sooke Community Hall)
Food bank for Sooke residents only.
St. John The Divine
1611 Quadra Street
Food bank open most Tuesdays and Fridays 10am-noon in church basement. Closed during income assistance cheque week and the Tuesdays after stat holidays. They also stock items such as laundry soap, hand soap, toilet paper, some toiletries and hygiene products.
St. Andrew's Cathedral
740 View St
Breakfast Monday-Friday from 8:30AM-10:00AM.
Victoria Youth Empowerment Society (YES)
533 Yates St
Offers meals, shelter, employment services, housing referrals, counseling, advocacy, laundry facilities, showers, a mental health liaison, liaison for sexually exploited youth, family support for caregivers in crisis, specialized youth detox and a street outreach team. Free meals are at 5pm, Mon-Thurs.
Offers meals, emergency shelter, clothing, housing referrals, counseling services, supported independent living, a Crystal Meth Prevention Project, and mobile street outreach.