About

Fair Share Food Services is a group of people dedicated to making sure the low-income people of British Columbia have a good supply of proper nutrition. We work hand-in-hand with other societies that have the same vision to improve access to quality grocery items for seniors, students and low income families.

We now service our clients from Chilliwack to Ladner. We have a network of societies that work with each other to allieviate the pressures of survival in an economy that is

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Each month, close to 900,000 Canadians are assisted by food banks, and 38% of those helped are children and youth. Since 2008 Food Bank usage is up by 23%, yet last year, 55% of food banks had to cut back on the amount of food provided to each household because of this increased demand.
Thirteen percent of Canadians live in a state of food insecurity, which means they do not have reliable access to adequate amounts of safe, good-quality, nutritious food. The root cause of hunger in Canada is low income, which consistently affects more than four million of us at any given time. Our greatest Human strength is that we have compassion for those who are distressed or in need. The time has come for a more collective approach to understanding the scope of the problem & beginning the process of creating a reasonable & achievable solution to this Global problem.

Fairshare Food Services is doing their part to bring change to the system that leaves Canadian citizens behind by pricing basis human needs to only enhance profits. Researchers have found that people who experience food insecurity also tend to report:

poor or fair health

poor functional health, or an inability to perform key activities due to health problems

long-term physical and/or mental disabilities that limit activity at home, work or school

multiple chronic conditions

major depression

a perceived lack of social support, such as someone to confide in, count on, or go to for advice

In many societies, seniors are honoured for the knowledge and wisdom they carry. In our society, they are the forgotten generation, and their plight goes unnoticed by the media, government, and society in general.

The Plight of Canadian Seniors
In 2012, seniors 85 years of age plus have become the fastest growing segment of Canadian society.

As the community ages, there is a greater strain on our social service agencies and many seniors, unable to access adequate services, and lacking in family to help them cope, go without.

The reality is that thousands of seniors approaching the end of their lives find themselves living out of balance and in abject poverty. They are marginalized, isolated, and depressed with nowhere to turn.

These are our parents, our grandparents, our aunts and uncles.

That’s why Fair Share Food Services aims to change this by working with Canada’s most reputable social service and non-profit agencies to connect seniors in need with those who want to help.
I have heard that the measure of a successful community is gauged by the depth of compassion for the less fortunate.

The Fairshare Food Services team is a group of individuals that are doing their best to alleviate some of the challenges that low income families, seniors, students and handicapped citizens are faced with, just to be able to have a healthy supply of nutrition.

As with all non-profit organizations, we do not exist without the generosity and support of businesses and the general public. And we cannot forget all our volunteers whose passion for helping others in the lower mainland–we are eternally grateful.

All those who support this cause, whether it is donating food or monetary gifts or volunteering will be published in our website. Accordingly, we encourage and appreciate anything you can do to support this program.

As we have heard so often, the need is great. Unprecedented numbers of people are using food banks today. However, no other group in our society has been more neglected than our seniors and we can’t forget students and the disabled. Those on fixed incomes live at or below the poverty line and are being hit hard with escalating food costs of even the basic items. Peanut Butter for example, has tripled in cost in just 2 years. These people can’t afford these so called “luxury” items. Many go without basic food staples and in turn jeopardize their own health and well being so they can pay their rent.

Therefore, please consider supporting us in any way you think will further this cause and to ensure everybody is entitled to their “Fairshare .
Welcome Seniors

Fair Share Food Services is a group of people dedicated to making sure the low-income people of British Columbia have a good supply of proper nutrition. We work hand-in-hand with other societies that have the same vision to improve access to quality grocery items for seniors, students and low income families. We now have our home delivery in full swing. This makes it very easy for people that are unable to make it to our store to access our great prices. Please call for more information and registry.

Groceries For Seniors
A closer look at the lives of Canadian seniors, (A portrait of seniors in Canada) One of our concerns, and a strong focus of our mission, is the amount of seniors that rely on the Canadian Gain Program. With the rising cost of groceries today, it is getting increasingly difficult for our seniors to be able to afford proper nutrition. We make it easier, through our Groceries For Seniors Program, for one of our most vulnerable groups of Canadians. Two of the challenges facing seniors are affordability, and accessibility. As a result,we are introducing a plan that will firstly make available groceries at about 50% of a regular grocery store. Secondly, those groceries will be delivered to their homes at no additional cost. They will be able to order online, or by phone, pay by credit card, debit or cash. We believe this will empower seniors and assist caregivers and family members in their endeavours.
We are able to offer this service with the help of our corporate sponsors. We thank them for their support and encourage others to join the effort.

The Plight of Canadian Seniors
In 2012, seniors 85 years of age plus have become the fastest growing segment of Canadian society.
As the community ages, there is a greater strain on our social service agencies and many seniors, unable to access adequate services, and lacking in family to help them cope, go without.
In many societies, seniors are honoured for the knowledge and wisdom they carry. In our society, they are the forgotten generation, and their plight goes unnoticed by the media, government, and society in general.
The reality is that thousands of seniors approaching the end of their lives find themselves living out of balance and in abject poverty. They are marginalized, isolated, and depressed with nowhere to turn.
These are our parents, our grandparents, our aunts and uncles.
That’s why Fair Share Food Services aims to change this by working with Canada’s most reputable social service and non-profit agencies to connect seniors in need with those who want to help.

• Volunteer
Donations:
FairShare is extremely happy when we receive donations. Whether you are a single person just wanting to help the less fortunate out or a large food distributor that would like to donate by the case load, we welcome all donations small or large.
If you want to help out in other ways, hold a food drive in your organization or school or church! Go around your neighbourhood to collect can goods, if you are organizing a function where a lot of people are expected, suggest bringing cans of food or dry goods. The possibilities are endless! Don’t hesitate to consult with us or ask for our support!
Partnerships:
If you are a company looking to partner with us, please don’t hesitate to contact our President and CEO to set up a meeting to discuss the possibilities.

Who is Qualified for Membership?
Qualifying for a free membership with FairShare is not dificult. All you need to do is come to our store with your ID, and proof of income. You qualify if your annual income is less than $20,000. If you have dependants, add $2000 per spouse or child. A family of four would be assessed at $26000. If you have a Social worker or clergy, they can apply for you. Application forms are available with a phone call or e-mail.
These entities assess your annual income and determine eligibility for membership. Once approved for membership, and so long as your income remains the same throughout the year, you will contact the Fair Share Program for their days and hours of operation. All that’s left for you to do is to come down to our location and do your grocery shopping. (If you are a shut-in or not able to travel, please see Delivery Service below.
Exception to the Rule:
There are exceptions to the rule! That is why we will allow for some flexibility to Senior Centres, Assisted Living Centres and the Clergy who know of individuals or families in need of assistance. Ask your centre’s managment or clergy to send us an e-mail on your behalf, recommending membership to our FairShare program and include all contact information. Upon receipt of your recommendation letter, we will contact you to set up a meeting either in person, or we will come to your home –if you are a shut-in. We will then explain how we will assist you
Delivery Service Right to your Door!
Are you a shut-in, unable to drive or take transit to our store? Please, don’t worry! We have taken care to meet all your needs. FairShare provides service right to your door. There is no charge for this service.
This service is only reserved for those who are not able to personally shop in our store due to their inability to get out of their home.
When you call FairShare, let them know you are a shut in and they will either talk with you over the phone or send a representative to your home to assess your needs and qualifications for this service.
Once you are approved, a FairShare representative will take an inventory of those items you require on a regular basis such as oatmeal, soups, or any item we carry that you regularly use. If you so chose, these items can be automatically sent to you on a schedule you suggest. For example, once every 2 weeks or once a month. Then FairShare volunteers will pick and pack your order on schedule and deliver it right to your door.
In addition, the representative will provide you with a grocery list which you can check off those items you require. All you need to do is call FairShare and give them your order over the phone.
As you can see, FairShare has covered all the basis. We designed the program to ensure everyone is entitled to their FairShare. No one needs to go without basic food.

About Us
“Ensuring everybody gets their FAIR SHARE!
Our Goals and Objectives
Our goals and objectives remain evergreen only becasue we are forever indebted to those who support us. In other words, when they increase their supply to us, we can increase supply to our clients and therefore expand our goals and objectives. We intend to achieve this by:
—Reducing prices. In most cases we will offer food items at or greater than 50% less than the price offered by generic grocery stores;
—We intend to increase availability and variety of food products such as, fresh fruit and vegetables and where possible, dairy products. As we build strong partnerships with our suppliers and gain new suppliers, this will enable us to grow and see an increase and a variety of foods available to you.
—To grow our volunteer base in order to sustain our free delivery service to our shut-in clients –delivered right to your door!
—To provide several ways to help you with your grocery orders whether it be by phone, online, or in person our goal is to make every effort to accommodate a variety of needs. We can even help you create a shopping list, set up scheduled grocery

do what we do.
If you are interested in volunteering with Fair Share, click on the “Contact Us” tab and in the comments and suggestions box add your name and email address and tell us a bit about yourself, your experience, if any, and what you would like to do at Fair Share. Please include your phone number so we can contact you for an interview.
If you prefer, you can just give us a call or send us an e-mail or just come on in and meet with us. We will welcome any assistance you can provide. Hours are flexible, however we would like a minimum of 3 hours a shift. It can be once a week or twice a week or every day! It’s up to you.
The various Volunteer Positions opened are outlined below:
Delivery Drivers –must have own transportation –compensation for gas is provided.
[Stock Clerks –Welcome Clients, Assist Clients, Receive donations, check expiry dates, Stock Shelves, rotate inventory, and clean as required.
Pickers and Packers –Receive orders, pick food items per orders, package and label for delivery

 

Canada has an shocking amount of  senior citizens age 60 and older facing poverty and hunger. Seniors face a number of unique medical and mobility challenges that put them at a greater risk of hunger. After a lifetime of hard work, many find themselves struggling with health issues on fixed incomes. Many of these individuals are forced to choose between paying for groceries and paying their rent.
With Baby Boomers entering retirement, seniors are becoming Canada’s fastest growing age group, which also means that the rates of senior hunger will likely increase in years to come. And seniors facing hunger often struggle with much more than getting enough nutritious food to eat. It is especially troubling when you look at the rates of diet-sensitive chronic disease among seniors and the decisions they have to make when the cost of living is so high.
Food insecurity is harmful to all people, but it is particularly devastating to children. Proper nutrition is critical to a child’s development. Not having enough of the right kinds of food can have serious implications for a child’s physical and mental health, academic achievement and future economic prosperity. 
In Canada today, there is a staggering amount of families who are unable to afford the basic food requirements. Consequently, one in five kids are facing greater obstacles to reaching their fullest potential. The future of Canada lies in our children. When hunger threatens the future of a child, it threatens the future of our nation as well. 
Fairshare Food Services Society simply wants to do our share to make sure our members have the help they need to survive in a profit driven society, and to help the various agencies we support with a continuous chain of supply in their various agendas and initiatives. Your support is appreciated and necessary. Thank you very much.

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