Food Security


To provide nutritious meals to families that otherwise couldn’t be afforded. Our main focus is to support the community with healthy food options. 


Inquiry Form

How to Reach Us 

8:30am – 4:30pm
Monday to Friday

231 Regina Avenue
Victoria, BC
V8Z 1J6

Tel: (250) 384-3211
Fax: (250) 384-1586

Jon B., Kitchen Manager

Food and Medicine Garden

The VNFC Food and Medicine Garden is a community garden growing fresh, organic vegetables, and plant medicines year-round. The garden offers a peaceful space for people to learn about food production and plant medicines, and to build healthy relationships with the land and the Community. The garden is run by dedicated staff and volunteers and food is shared with our VNFC Hampers and Kitchen to include in daycare and program lunches. Plant medicines are processed and shared with Community. The garden offers hands-on workshops to learn about gardening, food and medicine processing, and plant medicines. We distribute seeds and plant starters to Community members interested in home gardening. We also support Siem Lelum Housing’s Community Garden. Volunteers are welcome!

Food Hamper

The Hamper Program was developed at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to provide food security supports to community members.

The Hamper Program:

– Provides 220 hampers on a weekly basis to families, those sheltering in hotels, individuals, and tenants residing at Siem Lelum and Fernwood house.

– Provides fresh produce, Cobbs bread, Farm and Field meat, Zambris pasta sauce, and non-perishable food items.

– Provide nutritious food and snacks

– Allows for community to continue being connected to the Victoria Native Friendship Centre through food


In-house Catering

Providing support to VNFC programs. Team leaders coordinate with the Food Security Team for support.


Mustard Seed

    • Office: 625 Queens Ave.
    • P: 250-953-1575
    • Hours: Mon- Fri. 9:00am1:30pm (appointment or walk-in)
    • ID: yourself and all family members
    • Availability: once a month

    St. Vincent de Paul Social Concern

    • Office: 828 View Street
    • P: 250-382-0712
    • Hours: Mon-Fri. 8:30am-12:00pm, 1:00pm-4:00pm
    • ID: yourself and all family members
    • Availability: once a month

    St. john the Divine Emergency Food

    • Service: 1611 Quadra St.
    • P: 250-383-7169
    • Hours: Tues and Fri. 10:00am-12:00pm. Closed Fi & Tues after Income Assisstance cheques issued; open Friday the following week
    • ID: No
    • Availability: once a month


Goldstream Food Bank 

  • 761 Station Ave.
  • P: 250-474-4443
  • Hours: Tues and Wed. 10:00am-2:30pm. Open first 3 weeks of the calendar month
  • ID: yourself and all family members and mail, utility bill
  • Availability: Once per month

Sidney Lions Food Bank

  • 9586 Fith St.
  • P: 250-655-0679
  • Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri. 9:00am-12:00pm. Closed the last week of the month.
  • ID: yourself and all family members and mail, utility bill
  • Availability: Once per month

Shelbourne Community Kitchen (Pantry Program)

  • 3541 Shelbourne St.
  • P: 250-590-0980
  • Hours: Tues-Fri 10:00am-2:00pm
  • Availability: 1st one free & have to sign for programs.

Living Edge, Quadra Village Community Centre

  • 901 Kings Rd.
  • P: 250-360-6928 (Doug)
  • Hours: Tues and Thurs 10:30am-11:30am
  • ID: No

Contact the Food Security
department today for more information