Pictured are Brian and his mother Helen. Helen, a retired former Potluck employee, and Brian who has been with Potluck for 15 years, represent Potluck’s connection as a family and are just one example from the years of multiple generations working at Potluck

Our Programs

Potluck works in collaboration with residents and community stakeholders to increase the availability, affordability, and choice of healthy food for residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Our programs and initiatives find opportunities to use food as a vehicle for community economic development.

Community Meals

We prepare and serve between 16,000 and 30,000 free, nutritious meals each year to nutritionally vulnerable residents, including residents of the Portland Hotel. In 2020 and 2021, Potluck helped lead a program delivering over 250000 meals to DTES residents throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

DTES Produce Market

Our Outreach Team staffs the DTES Produce Market, which sells local fruits and vegetables at affordable prices throughout our local growing season. In addition to the weekly market, we also set up shop at the Street Market monthly. Due to COVID-19, our DTES Produce Market has been put on hold.

Employment Training

We provide on the job training in our kitchen and life skills support for individuals with barriers to traditional employment. We employ approximately 45 people through our corporate catering business

DTES Kitchen Tables Outreach Team

Our peer-led Outreach Team connects residents to resources in the neighbourhood, nutrition information, and the healthy food they want. Due to COVID-19, this program has been put on hold, with plans to restart our community outreach work in 2022.

Support our work!

Our catering business provides approximately 25% of the operating revenue to run our community programs. However, to sustain and grow our community impact, we require additional resources. Please consider lending your support.