Are you looking for a way to boost corporate citizenship, engage in team building, celebrate a special event, or simply make a donation to our meal program? Anyone can sign up as a meal sponsor – businesses, community groups, families, and individuals are all welcome. Included in sponsorship price is a donation to help feed up to 200 people as well as the option for up to 8 people to join us in serving it! (Please note all members of the serving team must be 18 years or older.)

$400 - Breakfast
$600- Lunch


- A meal for up to 200 people in need
- A one-hour meal service experience with First United staff and community (optional)
- Logo signage and acknowledgement on site (upon request)
- Recognition on social media, website, and in the annual report (upon request)

Email or call 604 788 8329 to arrange your sponsorship today.

“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.


Thank you to all of our 2018 12 Days of Christmas meal sponsors! Thanks to you we were able to spread the holiday cheer and delicious meals well into January. Our wonderful 12 Days sponsors include: Wolrige Mahon-Collins Barrow, David Nairne and Associates, Wells Fargo, Khalsa Credit Union, Vancity - Chinatown Branch, Metal Building Group (who sponsored two meals!), and Dan Hincks and Friends.

For those of you who might consider being a 12 Days of Christmas sponsor this year, read on!

Our holiday program continues to bring healthy and delicious meals while we celebrate the spirit of the season together. You can choose to sponsor a breakfast, a lunch, or both. Celebrate the spirit of the season, practice gratitude, and give back to your local community all at the same time. Our 12 Days of Christmas meal sponsorship campaign provides 12 days of seasonal breakfasts and lunches for our community members on the Downtown Eastside. $1000 provides breakfast and lunch for up to 200 people. You may also choose to sponsor only breakfast ($400) or only lunch ($600).

View and download campaign flyer

Email for more info and to reserve your spot today.

"First United was wonderful to work with during our sponsorship of the 12 Days of Christmas Campaign, and we have been delighted to continue our relationship. It is so rewarding to see the direct impact of our contributions, and our employees have truly valued the opportunity to serve meals and connect with the Downtown Eastside community."
- Odlum Brown Limited

First United provides three meals per day, every day, for our 60 shelter residents. In addition, we offer breakfast and lunch, Monday - Friday, for up to 200 community members.

The meal program at First United allows supporters to sponsor one meal or make a donation to sustain our ongoing program.


Meal sponsorship is the perfect way to build your team's corporate responsibility. It is also a great opportunity for family, friend, or church groups to serve the community in a meaningful way. It is the ultimate expression of shared values and service.

When you sponsor a meal, you make a real difference and generate opportunities for increased health and stability for local community members on the Downtown Eastside. Your donation supports the operation of this important program and includes the option to come out and serve the meal. Together, we can meet the needs of individuals and build a neighbourhood where everyone can thrive.

Visit our Donate page to give the gift of a meal or email for any inquiries.


We would like to thank our meal program supporters, The Greater Vancouver Food Bank, for their in-kind support and The Face the World Foundation.

greater vancouver food bank     

We would also like to thank each of our meal sponsors:

David Nairne and Associates Ltd., Khalsa Credit Union, Metal Building Group, Odlum Brown Ltd., Richmond Steel Recycling Ltd., Robert Allan Ltd., Vancity - Chinatown Branch, Wells Fargo, and Wolrige Mahon - Collins Barrow Chartered Professional Accountants LLP.

Finally, we extend our thanks to all of our United Church congregation meal partners throughout Metro Vancouver.

To Our Loyal Sandwich Groups,

In an effort to comply with health and safety standards, make more efficient use of our kitchen storage space, and respond to need in the community, we sunsetted our sandwich program earlier this year.

Thank you to all the groups who have donated sandwiches over the years.  If you would like to continue supporting access to healthy, nutritious meals for the DTES community, please consider a meal sponsorship. Included in sponsorship price is the option to serving it to the community -- we would love to have you join us.

If you would like to discuss other ways of supporting our kitchen program, whether financial or in-kind, please contact or call 604.788.8329.