The effort is in collaboration with the City of Vancouver, local chefs, food suppliers and agencies.
“VCC has been part of the fabric of Vancouver for more than 50 years and we have a long-standing relationship with this community that currently needs additional support,” said Ajay Patel, President and CEO of VCC, in a statement. .
“With the world-class kitchens and professional tools on our downtown campus, we are happy to help our neighbors and friends.”
Vancouver Community College opens its downtown kitchens as a center for preparing and distributing meals for #VancouverBC who may have difficulty finding food during the pandemic. @CityofVancouver contacted VCC to ask for help. They prepare 2,000 meals 3 times a week.
– Ria Renouf (@riarenouf) April 6, 2020
City of Vancouver staff asked for help from VCC to help them provide and distribute food during the COVID-19 crisis. Much of the regular food distribution has stopped for the downtown Eastside community, and the need to provide nutritious meals and snacks to residents of single room units is a priority, the city said.
VCC’s food delivery program currently requires the creation of 2,000 meals – lunches and dinners – three times a week. Each basket includes four meals, snacks, towels, drinks and cutlery.
The menu is determined according to the supplies available.
VCC says culinary staff will strive to include a combination of hot and cold meals and snacks.
“Our culinary staff, cleaners and management have worked tirelessly over the past week to deploy this very quickly with the city,” said Patel.
“It is really comforting to have so many chefs, restaurants and local agencies.”
Meal production and delivery are coordinated on the VCC downtown campus, led by the Assistant Department of Culinary Arts, Chef John Lewis, and prepared by certified Red Seal chefs in commercial kitchens.
Strict health and safety measures are in place taking into account personnel and public health, including the use of recommended physical distance and other protocols as directed by regional health authorities.