What is Startups Care?

Startups Care is a grassroots event that brings together Vancouver technology companies to raise food and funds for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. This event is 100% volunteer and 100% of all proceeds go to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

When does this event take place?

In 2018 Startups Care will be taking place from November 27th (Giving Tuesday) until December 14th (Food Bank Friday).

What do I need to participate?

Participating in this initiative is easy. All you need to do is register on this website (so we know where to pick up the food on December 14th) and encourage your office to donate. If you are unable to find cardboard boxes for food collection, just let us know and we will drop some off at a time that works for you (dropping off food boxes might be tricky this year).

Are companies that are past the startup stage able to participate?

Yes. Every company was once a startup and we believe there should be no limits on those wanting to give back. 

What kind of food should I donate?

For obvious reasons we are only able to collect non-perishable items. And although many of us got through university on a diet of ramen noodles, this is not the ideal food to donate. The GVFB is committed to providing the highest level of nutrition possible by focusing on simple, whole foods. Items that can help deliver the most nutritional support are:Whole grains - Rice and Pasta

            * Whole grains - Rice and Pasta
            * Simple Proteins - Canned Salmon and Tuna, Natural Nut Butters, Beans, Lentils
            * Basic Cereals - Oatmeal
            * Hearty Meals - Soups, Stews, Chili
            * Canned Fruit & Vegetables - Canned Beans, Tomato Sauce
            * Infant formula & Diapers

Can I donate money instead of food?

Yes. Because of their scale the GVFB is able to purchase 3 dollars of food for every dollar donated. And you don't have to worry, your donations will be delivered by fully bondable elves. 

Can I get a tax receipt for my financial contribution?

Yes. Tax receipts will be issued to all contributors via the GVFBS for donations over $20. Receipts will be mailed out shortly after the initiative and should arrive with plenty of time before tax season. If you make your donation online a tax receipt will be issued immedietly. 

Who is the GVFB?

The Greater Vancouver Food Bank (GVFB) is a non-profit organization with a mission to empower people to nourish themselves by providing access to healthy food, education and training. The GVFB provides assistance to over 28,000 people weekly through 15 food depots and over 100 community agencies located in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and North Vancouver. The GVFB is committed to its vision of accessible, healthy and sustainable food for all through community collaboration, is pro-actively working to help end hunger. For more information, please visit www.foodbank.bc.ca