What We Do

We prevent food waste, protect the environment, and support economic growth for low-income families, immigrants and refugees in their first year, and seniors.

Over the years, we have grown our connections to major grocery stores, including Save-on-Foods, Fresh Street Market, and IGA stores. And we have grown our connections to our volunteers and to the families we serve.

  • We now collect surplus foods, day old goods, and foods close to the best before date. We accept donations of fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, deli, and baked goods. Recovered food is sorted daily by volunteers and delivered to families to take their mind off food insecurity. We work to meet dietary specifications and provide culturally appropriate foods, whenever possible.

  • In the beginning, we delivered food once a week to the families of 30 students attending the English as a Second Language (ESL) training program at Vanier Centre in Coquitlam.

Today, the demand for nutritious food is bigger than ever. We have now grown to 25 locations with nutritious food delivered 7 days a week to more than 4500 people bi-weekly. We also prevent 2000 tons of C02 emissions. ILCS collects and re-distributes over $8 million worth of food annually.