The AIDS Vancouver Grocery Program aims to address food security issues that our clients experience by providing over 16,000 supplemental grocery bags to approximately 1200 clients annually.

The Grocery Program

Check AIDS Vancouver’s Holiday Grocery 2016. This year it is happening on Tuesday December 13th. We are going to provide festive groceries for up to 800 people in one day!

We have lots of jobs on this day, from greeting people to distributing food, to making merry and handing out treats. Read more about Holiday Grocery Volunteer opportunities. Your open & welcoming, non-judgemental attitude will be most appreciated on this day. 

The Grocery program (the "grocery") is set up like a small store where we invite patrons in to have a food shopping experience at no cost to them. We provide patrons with the following items, 2-3 weeks in the month, year after year:


-Produce (regular and a small selection of organic)

-Hygiene Items

-Protein items like eggs, meat & fish, meal in a can and/or stews

-Canned fruit and veg

-Pasta and Sauce

-Staple items such as soups

Nutrition is paramount for sustaining and prolonging the health and quality of life for those whose immune systems are compromised by the HIV virus. This program, unique to AIDS Vancouver, is supported by 1 Full time staff and 20 dedicated volunteers, who are passionate about delivering this vital, life sustaining program. Annually, the Grocery program must raise over $300,000 to purchase food that is not contributed by other means. Your ongoing generous donations are what make these efforts possible.

When is the grocery open?

The Grocery provides services Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 1:00PM-4:00PM. It is closed on MHR cheque issue week and the week after cheque issue (download and print the 2016 grocery schedule).


Next  Grocery Dates

Tuesday January 31st

Wednesday February 1st

Tuesday February 7th

Wednesday February 8th


Tuesday February 14th

Wednesday February 15th


To access this program, you must be a registered client of AIDS Vancouver and be living on a limited income. See a Case Manager to register or for more information.


Special Thanks to our Partners

Thanks to partnerships with local community agencies such as the Positive Women's Network, Portland Hotel Society,Vancouver Native Health Society, Woodwards Community Housing and The Greater Vancouver Food Bank, grocery patrons can access the grocery 2-3 times per month at one of five locations around Vancouver. At AIDS Vancouver's Seymour Street site, patrons can select from a variety of purchased and donated goods, including canned protein, cereal, milk, eggs, personal care items, and fresh produce.


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