Ending Hunger in the Jewish Community

Ending Hunger

1 in 7 people in the Lower Mainland Jewish Community live in poverty.
Many don’t have enough to eat.

For over 25 years, Jewish Family Service Agency and Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver have worked together to address poverty. The Jewish Food Bank, operated by Jewish Family Service Agency and Jewish Women International of BC has been an important program to alleviate hunger. But, is there more that we can do?

You are invited to this free community forum on ending hunger in our community.
Come hear from 4 panelists about ways our community can implement a sustainable, accessible food distribution system for those in need. (Registration is at the bottom of this page).


About the Panelists:

Andrea Reimer is a Vancouver City Councillor since 2008. A former elected trustee for the Vancouver School Board, Andrea has volunteered with many community organizations including CCEC Credit Union, Canadian Women’s Voters Congress, and was a former co-Chair of the City of Vancouver’s Food Policy Council. She currently sits on the Vancouver Foundation’s Health and Social Development Advisory Committee.

Marilyn Herrmann is the Executive Director of the Surrey Food Bank and was recently awarded the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for her innovative work with the Food Bank. She has worked in the non-profit sector for the past 13 years, after 17 years in the food industry corporate sector. Marilyn is a former elementary school teacher, and at one time, a single parent of three children under the age of four.

Ian Marcuse is a Community Food Developer with the Grandview Woodland Food Connection, an organization dedicated to supporting families in accessing healthy, affordable, culturally appropriate and sustainably produced food. Particular attention is paid to issues arising from poverty and inequality and addressing these through an engaging and community development approach to community food programming.

Elizabeth Crudgington is the Executive Director of Quest Food Exchange, BC’s largest non-profit food exchange program. Quest partners with more than 400 social service agencies and provides their clients access to healthy food choices. Quest programs are an essential stepping stone for individuals as they transition towards self-sufficiency. Food Vouchers can be earned by volunteers while they acquire work skills. Quest’s Community Training Kitchen provides hands-on training in the area of healthy eating, best shopping practices, menu planning, food safe and budgeting.


Ending Hunger Forum Registration Form
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