Food Programs and Solutions
An average of 6000 lbs of food is rescued each week and donated to the Food Hub at Under One Roof by local grocery stores and restaurants.
It is estimated that $27 billion of food in Canada goes to waste – 51% of that is leftover food that goes straight into the garbage.
Under One Roof Food Hub
Squamish Helping Hands and the Squamish Food Bank have joined forces to create the Under One Roof Community Hood hub. Under One Roof gives us a shared and centralized location from which to provide all our food services to the community
Donations of excess unspoiled perishable and prepared food is collected and taken to the Under One Roof Community Food Hub. We then redistribute it to community members in need and other community groups. Food is also repurposed in the Under One Roof kitchen to create delicious soups and meals each day. In doing so, we prevent food from entering the landfill, reduce our food costs, and deliver food where it is needed most.
Our partners at the Squamish Food Bank Society are now together with us at Under One Roof, operating "The Market", formerly known as the food bank. The Market is a new grocery-store style experience created to make healthier food more available to the community, de-stigmatize the use of food banks and reduce food waste. Food at the market is available at no cost or by donation. You can choose to make the Market your choice for grocery shopping to contribute to this project and help save the planet.
Click here for The Market Hours
Food4Kids: School Breakfasts and Lunches
At Helping Hands, we believe that every child should have a nutritious school lunch of their own. We know that hunger negatively affects a child’s ability to perform, learn and grow both physically and mentally. Our School Lunch program provides approximately 450 lunches per week to elementary and high school students in local schools. It’s made a difference for kids, and a difference in our schools.
Hot Meal Service
Our hot meal service provides those in need with two healthy meals per day on a drop in basis, seven days a week.
Lunch is served daily from 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Dinner is served daily from 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, dine-in service is limited to 6 people at a time in our dining room. Diners are seated one per table.
We understand that sometimes, hunger is a matter of access. Whether it’s due to illness, transportation, employment, social or other circumstances, people simply do not always have access to the hot meals we provide. Our 2Go Meals program provides participants with two meals to go. Whether it’s two for you, two for a friend or two for later, take two to go and know your next meal is on us. Food2Go is accessible to all community members regardless of age or any other possible barrier.
Ask at the front desk of Under One Roof for a meal-to-go or call 604-390-3000
Community Food Hampers
When a family or individual is in need, we are here to help. Our Community Food Hamper program ensures food is available for those who face barriers in getting to the new Market at Under One Roof.