Food Assistance

Food Banks BC

Find a Food Bank near you. Food Banks BC is the provincial association of food banks. Our membership comprises of 106 hunger relief agencies throughout British Columbia.

Our Place

Our Place serves over 1,000 nourishing meals, 7 days per week. On special occasions, such as Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter, we open our dining room doors even wider to provide a family holiday meal to those who would not otherwise have a home to turn to.

Living Edge Markets

All week we offer FREE, fresh groceries to anyone who needs them –  students, working families, single moms and dads, the elderly – all are welcome with no I.D. or registration required. Visit one of our Markets located throughout Greater Victoria.

Community Fridge

The fridges operate on a “take what you need, leave what you can” basis, and we are excited to strengthen our community in this way. Everyone is welcome to take whatever they need from the fridge, whenever. How much food people take is totally up to them! Lots of different factors can influence how much food people are taking, but we ask that users are not policed or monitored. There is enough food for everyone, even if it runs low at some points!

Find more food resources using Pathways  Victoria – South Island

Clothing Resources

Beacon Community Services

2723 Quadra Street

Counseling, advocacy/liaison, childcare referrals, emergency shelter for youth, assistance with clothing and household goods, employment services including a youth employment program, Peninsula Best Babies group for moms, Early Years services (including licensed child care) and a variety of pre-school programs & parent/kid drop-ins, other volunteer services including medical drives.

Health Resources

Mobile Health Clinic powered by TELUS Health

Health outreach is a critical part of Cool Aid Community Health Centre’s services and an important way to reach the thousands of people who face barriers to primary health care in our region.

Health Link BC – 811

8-1-1 is a free-of-charge provincial health information and advice phone line available in British Columbia. The 8-1-1 phone line is operated by HealthLink BC, which is part of the Ministry of Health.

Support Lines

Parent Support Services of British Columbia

For nearly 50 years our mission has been to support the well-being of all families and children by empowering those in a parenting role through community connections, research, education, and advocacy.

Kinship Care Line

The Kinship Care Help Line provides support, advocacy and resource information to grandparents and other relatives raising a family member’s child as well as to service providers and allies. The Help Line serves callers from across the province and is staffed by two part-time advocates trained in advocacy, social work, family law, and government services related to child welfare and kinship caregiving. Our services to kinship caregivers are confidential and ongoing.

The Canadian Society for Information Children

The Canadian Society for Information Children provides information, support and referrals to parents and caregivers related to the care and well-being of families with children 12 years and under. Our Parent Coach-Educators answer all Helpline calls; for areas outside of our area of expertise, we provide parents with referrals to other community organizations or resources related to the concern.

Family Violence Resources

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Cridge Transition House for Women

The Cridge Transition House for Women – 250-479-3963 – a 24-hour crisis line for women wishing to leave an abusive situation. Call at any time to do an assessment with staff or access resources to get help.

Victoria Women’s Transition House Society

Victoria Women’s Transition House Society can give you the help you need – from a safe place to stay, to counselling, support and referrals. 24-hour crisis line  250.385.6611