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.
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 16 dedicated volunteers (about half of whom are clients) who are passionate about delivering this vital, life sustaining program. Annually, the Grocery program must raise over $150,000 to purchase food that is not contributed by other means. Your ongoing generous donations are what make these efforts possible.
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.
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 2014 grocery schedule).
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.
Chew On This
AIDS Vancouver's Cookbook, Chew On This is full of recipes made with ingredients offered from the AIDS Vancouver Grocery Program. It makes healthy choices easier and convenient for everyone, to enhance HIV nutrition. Download a FREE copy of Chew On This.