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Sponsor a Meal

First United’s meal program provides three meals per day, every day, for our 50 shelter residents. In addition, we offer lunch, Monday through Friday, for up to 250 community members.

During the redevelopment of our building, we have transitioned our Community Meal Program to our First United Food Truck!

If you’re looking for a way to boost corporate citizenship, engage in team building, celebrate a special event, and support life-saving work in the Downtown Eastside, look no further than a Food Truck Lunch Engagement at First United!

Anyone can sign up as a meal sponsor – businesses, community or faith groups, families, and individuals are all welcome. Meal sponsorships provide critically-needed funds that support our ongoing work to serve the Downtown Eastside community and a volunteer/employee engagement opportunity for a team of 8 to assist in serving lunch from the food truck. Meal sponsorships cost $2,500 which directly supports the cost of our meal program.

For $2,500 all meal sponsorships include:

  • A community lunch for up to 250 community members
  • A volunteer/employee engagement experience for a group of 8 where you join our staff in serving a community lunch, organizing, and tidying up.
  • A community education session in which a member of FIRST UNITED staff will present on an area of our work, what it’s like serving the Downtown Eastside, Naloxone training, and/or important social justice issues we’re tackling.
  • Group/organizational acknowledgement and logo placement on site on the day of your lunch service
  • Recognition on the First United website for one-year, in our annual report, and one social media post.
  • Funds from sponsorships directly support the meal program.

(Please note all members of the serving team must be 18 years or older, or if under 18 require parental consent is required.)

Meal sponsorships typically take place on Fridays from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, and the food truck is parked on the corner of Gore and Hastings. Other weekdays may be available, depending on our ongoing service needs and schedule.

In compliance with CRA regulations, tax receipts are not eligible for sponsorships for businesses. If you’re an individual wishing to participate in a lunch engagement, you may be eligible for a charitable tax receipt for your contribution.

To make arrangements and to discuss further, email [email protected] or call 604.336.3047.

“Lotus Terminals has sponsored and volunteered at First United Church meals almost a dozen times. We have only ever received positive feedback from the over 50 staff and family members that have participated over the years. In addition to being a great team-building exercise, we all feel as though our time and resources are really making a difference in the lives of people that need help. Donating time and resources to First United’s meal sponsorship program is one of the most tangible and fulfilling ways to give back to our community”

-Lotus Terminals Ltd.