Welcome to the Boundary Community Food Bank. We’re here to help you. We know we are meeting you at a very difficult time in your life and we will try to make your experience as positive as possible. Whether you live in Christina Lake, Grand Forks, Greenwood, Midway, Rock Creek, Bridesville, and Beaverdell we’re here for you.
- Drop-in on Tuesdays from 10 am to 3 pm
- By appointment the first two Friday mornings of the month
To avoid the Tuesday lineups, you can book a morning appointment for one of the first two Fridays of the month.
Please help us by providing your own bags or boxes for packing.
Your First Visit
On Tuesdays, we operate on a first-come first-served basis; so take a number and wait your turn.
Our desk person will ask you for:
- information necessary to assess your needs
- identification of every member of your household
- your permission to collect demographics requested by Food Banks Canada for national statistical purposes
Client information is protected in a safe and secure manner. It’s the same level of security as online banking. When client information is shared with Food Banks Canada and the provincial association, data will be de-identified and anonymized. This means that we can run reports to look for trends and learn more about the community, but the reports will not identify any specific individual’s information. The info we collect helps when seeking funding and Food Banks Canada uses it to better understand food insecurity and to lobby for better support for all food banks. We will be collecting the following:
Time in Canada
- includes food items you choose for yourself
- includes enough food for five to seven days for your household
- includes perishables, meat, dairy, personal items, and pet food relative to our current inventory
- You may pick up a hamper once during a calendar month.
- Please ensure we have your contact info such as email, text number, or phone number so we can contact you about special items or events.
- Periodically we will review our collected information to ensure it is up-to-date.
- You can help yourself to surplus items from the bread rack outside the front door anytime we are open.
Emergency & Half Hampers
- If you find yourself unable to make it through a particular month, we offer emergency hampers. They are much smaller than the regular monthly hamper but will tide you over. (You can ask for an emergency hamper four times within a year.)
- If you don’t have room to store a full hamper, you can pick up a half-hamper twice a month (depending on inventory).
- Our food sources include: specific food donations, food purchased by donor dollars, local farmers, and our local food recovery program.
- To extend best-before-dates, items, such as meat, bread, and milk are frozen to extend their life.
- Items, such as canned goods, are still safe to use within twelve months of their dates.
- The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says: “Best-before dates are not indicators of food safety.”