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ILCS improves access to healthy food for 4500 people bi-weekly at over 22 locations across the Lower Mainland. Your one-time or monthly donation helps recover and redistribute over 1 million kg of food annually.

OUR MISSION

To lead the way in food recovery by rescuing surplus food, distributing it to those in need, and advocating for sustainable solutions that eliminate food waste and hunger, thus enhancing food security for vulnerable populations. Our goal for the next two years is to establish 'Food Security Through Zero Food Waste' as a pilot project in Coquitlam, promoting sustainable urban food systems and ensuring access to nutritious meals for our community.

NOURISH OUR COMMUNITY

Nutritious food is hard to access on a lower income. We nourish our community through food recovery and ensure ILCS clients receive a variety of foods to use in preparing wholesome meals and treats for their families at no cost to the client.

PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT

Food production is demanding on our environment through use of land, energy, and water. The more food we produce, the bigger the footprint in terms of social and economic costs and emissions of unsafe greenhouse gases (GHGs). We can protect our environment by reducing avoidable food waste.

CREATE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Food connects people to their communities, and volunteering in a food recovery program is like giving the gift of connection. We create volunteer opportunities to help new immigrants discover and learn about life in Canada.

PREVENT FOOD WASTE

Food is life. It brings us together. We can prevent food waste by recovering and re-distributing unsold food to community members. We ensure foods have purpose and work to solve food insecurity for over 4500 individuals in 22 locations across the lower mainland bi-weekly.

REDUCE OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT

Food waste is very hard on the atmosphere. We add emissions when we are growing, processing, and transporting foods. And when we waste food or create unnecessary surplus, we must compost or put the waste in landfills which creates a meaningless and unrecoverable loss of the growing efforts.

SUPPORT ECONOMIC GROWTH

Food recovery and re-distribution provides opportunities for immigrant families to save on basic living expenses. We support economic growth to help families get ahead with more savings in their pockets at the end of the week.

WHO WE ARE

In 2016, Immigrant Link Centre Society (ILCS) began as a non-profit focused on food assistance. Today, we've transformed into a charity dedicated to aiding low-income families and new immigrants in our community. With volunteers from four continents and 15 countries, united in Canada, our mission is clear: reduce food waste, safeguard the environment, and support  economically disadvantaged individuals and newcomers . By conserving resources and ensuring access to nutritious food, we strive to enhance the lives of those in need.

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OUR STORY

Our story begins with a small group of immigrants who gathered to watch a documentary about food waste during an English as a Second Language (ESL) training program at Vanier Centre in Coquitlam.

Inside that program, a group of us formed the idea for a free food project called “Win Win”. We gathered unsold food from grocery stores with the goal to stop good edible food from entering landfills.

Once we started, we were amazed how much edible and nutritious food we could supply students inside the program for free.Today, we are focused on serving individuals facing financial challenges, including low-income families, immigrants and refugees in their first year, and seniors.

We believe that no one should struggle to obtain the necessities of life. Help us end the struggle.

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RAISE YOUR HELPING HAND

ILCS improves access to healthy food for 4500 people bi-weekly at over 22 locations across the Lower Mainland. We need fundraisers to help us continue to distribute 900 tonnes of food annually.

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OUR VISION

To build a future where food recovery initiatives thrive, ensuring that no edible food goes to waste, every hungry person is nourished, and communities flourish in a sustainable environment, contributing significantly to global food security and well-being.

Help us right now!

Simply call 1 (778) 819-3556 and we’d be happy to answer your questions.

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IMMIGRANT LINK CENTRE SOCIETY

Fighting Hunger and Combating Food Waste
We are focused on an important mission to prevent food waste, protect our environment, and support economic growth for new immigrants and low-income families. And, we are committed to saving resources, energy, and time, while improving access to nutritious foods.
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