FAQs – Greater Vancouver Food Bank

Frequently Asked Questions

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Option 1: Organization. Select this option if you are a representative of a company or an organization who is looking to start a company-wide or a department fundraiser. 

Option 2: Individual Fundraiser. Select this option if you are starting a personal fundraiser. This could be a birthday fundraiser, a fundraiser in memory of a loved one, or a fundraiser in lieu of wedding gifts! The options are limitless!

Option 3: Start a New Team. Select this option if you are setting up a friendly competition within your company or organizations.

For example, your company has three floors, and you want to set up a competition between the floors; each floor will get a dedicated page to track their progress, in addition to an overall company page where you can see the result of the three floors combined.

This option would also work on a group of friends. You and your friends might want to start a friendly competition to see who can raise the most money within a certain time frame. Winner gets eternal bragging rights!

Email us at virtualfooddrives@foodbank.bc.ca if you want to brainstorm fundraising ideas!

Option 4: Join a Team. Select this option if you know someone from your company or organization has already set up a company page. For example, if you are on the fourth floor (see option 3 for context), and would like to join the company-wide competition after the other three floors are set up, you can select this option and join the competition.

The Greater Vancouver Food Bank (GVFB) Virtual Food Drive allows individuals and groups of all kinds to raise money through an online food drive. It's a very efficient way to maximize your fundraising efforts. It's also easy and fun! Start one with your co-workers at the office, as a family project or with a group of friends as passionate about our cause as you are.

Maybe you're having a birthday or wedding and would like your guests to donate in lieu of gifts. You can use a Virtual Food Drive to encourage donations to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

Holding a Virtual Food Drive lets you or your group get involved in providing access to healthy food, education and training for our clients in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and the North Shore in an easy, immediate and highly effective way.

For every dollar raised, the Greater Vancouver Food Bank can double your donation, purchasing local, fresh and healthy food because of our buying power and strong relationships with farmers and retailers.

Below are some benefits of running a Virtual Food Drive event:

+ Easy to use and manage.
+ The Greater Vancouver Food Bank can double the donation of local, fresh and healthy food for every dollar raised.
+ It's the greenest, most cost-effective, simple and secure way of all food drives.
+ Meaningful team-building activity to boost morale while challenging one another between offices or floors in your workplace.
+ Highlight your company's commitment in helping the community by hosting a branded VFD.
+ Transactions can be completed within minutes.
+ Great idea to commemorate special moments in life such as birthdays or weddings by FUNdraising and making a real impact.
+ You may use any major credit card for payment on a secure website.
+ Saves the Greater Vancouver Food Bank the time and resources incurred by a physical food drive.
+ Your donations allow us to purchase our most needed and fresh items.
+ All donations made through the Virtual Food Drive are tax-deductible and you will receive an instant tax receipt via email.

GVFB collects more than five million pounds of food and thousands of dollars each year through community food and fund drives sponsored by individuals, corporations, clubs, schools and associations. Food drives supply nonperishable items that are greatly needed by our partner agencies. Contributing money instead of food allows the Food Bank to purchase fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables as well as other high quality foods such as eggs and milk. Regardless of which method one chooses, these drives make an incredible difference for struggling families throughout the communities we serve. If you are interested in hosting a traditional food drive, you can register here: Food Drive Registration Form

Anyone can host a Virtual Food Drive. You can register as an individual, you can start your own team or you can join an existing team. Your event can be customized to meet the needs of your organization, your school or office group, your family, or yourself. Click here to start your Virtual Food Drive today.

Below are some benefits of running a Virtual Food Drive event:

+ Easy to use and manage.
+ The Greater Vancouver Food Bank can double the donation of local, fresh and healthy food for every dollar raised.
+ It's the greenest, most cost-effective, simple and secure way of all food drives.
+ Meaningful team-building activity to boost morale while challenging one another between offices or floors in your workplace.
+ Highlight your company's commitment in helping the community by hosting a branded VFD.
+ Transactions can be completed within minutes.
+ Great idea to commemorate special moments in life such as birthdays or weddings by FUNdraising and making a real impact.
+ You may use any major credit card for payment on a secure website.
+ Saves the Greater Vancouver Food Bank the time and resources incurred by a physical food drive.
+ Your donations allow us to purchase our most needed and fresh items.
+ All donations made through the Virtual Food Drive are tax-deductible and you will receive an instant tax receipt via email.

Each year, the Virtual Food Drive gets "refreshed" on July 1st. If your Virtual Food Drive page was set up before July 2020, your page may have been archived and we suggest you to host a new Virtual Food Drive for this year here.

Your user name and password from before for accessing your page remains valid. If you cannot remember your User Name or Password, recover your user name first, then recover your password here. Note you have to use the same email you used previously to recover your user name and password.

Yes! In fact, your personal donation is really important and inspiration for your supporters to follow with their own donation. It also sets an example for what amount to donate. We value all donations, but if your gift is modest, others will likely make a modest gift. However, if your gift is generous, others will also be generous with their donation.

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+Make a personal donation to kick off your fundraiser – it's important that you make your own personal donation to kick start your campaign. Lead by example, the amount of the first donation will set the bar for others that follow. Others generally feel more comfortable donating if they see that someone else has.

+Donate to yourself – it's important that you make your own personal donation to kick start your campaign. Lead by example, the amount of the first donation will set the bar for others that follow. Others generally feel more comfortable donating if they see that someone else has.

+Ask – make a personal appeal to your friends and family. Use the tools inside the Participant Center to send emails or just share your page link via your own personal email.

+Make sure donors share their support – in your requests, ask donors to click the 'Share' button on your personal page. When donors share their donation, about 20% of the time it results in a new donation of $15 on average.

+Get a match – Ask your employer if they would make a generous 'matching gift' of the total amount or portion raised.

+Leverage the reach of social media – post your campaign on all your social media platforms - share your Virtual Food Drive on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and any other social media you use.

+Include everyone in your campaign – be proud to raise funds for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and invite everyone to help. Include friends, family, work colleagues, teammates, club members – anyone. Most people understand how important the work of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank is, and some may even know someone who has used a food bank before. You may be surprised at who will donate to support you.

+Follow up – it is easy for people to overlook emails. They are probably not ignoring you. Send at least one follow-up email and repost on your social media to keep your campaign in front of followers.

+Stewardship – thanking your donors in a timely manner will show them how much you appreciate their support to your fundraiser. They might be likely to make a second gift as well!

The Virtual Food Drive is a fun and engaging tool, and an ideal way to engage your family, friends and colleagues in supporting the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. The funds raised are used towards purchasing healthy and nutritious food, or our area of greatest need, towards supporting our 8,500+ clients and 80+ Community Agency Partners weekly. We can often double the value of each dollar donated because of our purchasing power with our industry partners.

You can physically bring your cheques or mail your cheques to the GVFB Burnaby head office. Cash can only be accepted in person at the GVFB Burnaby head office. Please DO NOT mail your cash donations. Cheque and cash donations can be added to your Virtual Food Drive total.

Please email virtualfooddrives@foodbank.bc.ca to request an “Offline Donation Form” to be attached to your cheque or cash donations to ensure your donation is attributed to the correct fundraiser.

Please fill out the “Offline Donation Form” fully and accurately to ensure that tax receipts can be sent to the correct person and address. Please note that for all cheques and cash donations, the minimum donation amount eligible for a tax receipt is $20. For online donations, there is no minimum donation amount to be eligible for a tax receipt.

Please bring or send cheques to:

Greater Vancouver Food Bank - Virtual Food Drive
8345 Winston St
Burnaby, BC
V5A 2H3

Payable to: Greater Vancouver Food Bank

You can bring your cash donations to the same above address. Our office hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm except for statutory holidays.

Yes! If you want to simple make a donation and not host a fundraiser, you can do so here: https://foodbank.bc.ca/donations/donate-now/

Still have questions? Please contact the development team at 604-612-7832 or email us at cherylm@foodbank.bc.ca. We are here to help and want you to be as successful as possible in your fundraising efforts. Thank you!